Thousands more train seats have been introduced for music lovers heading to this year’s Reading Festival.

But operator GWR is warning customers to allow time for their journey – and charge up their mobile if they have an e-ticket.

New Intercity Express Trains now offer up to 100 more seats a train than the High Speed Trains they replaced.

And eight carriage suburban Electrostar trains will help shuttle festival goers to and from the station.

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Extra, early morning services will also operate on the Monday to help take


home again.  

GWR has also issued some advice for people heading to Reading for this weekend’s event.

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Reading Festival 2019

Advice for travellers going to the Reading Festival Leave Reading Station by either exit where you can catch a shuttle bus from the North side (furthest from city centre) or walk to the festival site via Vastern and then Caversham Roads Should you wish to take a shuttle bus a queuing system will be in place Only take what you can carry: (wheeled cases are allowed on trains but four-wheel trolleys and sack trucks will not be) Please use the pedestrian crossing as signposted Make sure you phone is charged if you have an eticket Remember your Railcard A queueing system will be in place at stations to help people board their reserved train

A massive queue builds at the gates as early birds head inside.
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What time are the trains home?

GWR is to run five extra trains in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday morning to take Reading Festival goers home when the music ends, in addition to usual timetabled services.

The extra, early morning services will run as follows:

0140 Reading to Paddington , calling at Twyford, Maidenhead, Slough, Hayes and Harlington, Ealing Broadway

0330 Reading to Paddington , calling at Twyford, Maidenhead, Slough, Hayes and Harlington, Ealing Broadway

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0355 Reading to Didcot  non-stop

0455 Reading to Paddington  non-stop

0504 Reading to Redhill , calling at Wokingham, Blackwater, North Camp, Guildford, Dorking Deepdene, Reigate.

All those using Reading Station and have not purchased a ticket beforehand should allow time to queue. Customers are encouraged to download the GWR app to buy before they board.

We also have tips on  how to survive the festival  , what you can take  and which   items are banned  .

Plus what the weather is going to dowhere to go for breakfast , where to charge your phone and more.

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