Road Closures & Travel Information

It can never be too early to organise your Race Day travel. Please plan your journey before you set off and whatever mode of transport you use, allow extra time for delays or congestion. We suggest you aim to arrive in Reading no later than 08:45 for the Half Marathon (7:30am for the Green Park Challenge). You can download a timeline of road closures from the ROAD CLOSURES section below so your trip to the start line is as relaxed as possible.

Please note there is a 15 – 20 minute walk from the race village to the start line. If you or one of your supporters has any mobility issues and is in need of assistance, then please contact our events team in advance on 0778 813 7117 or email

Shuttle buses and Taxis

Shuttle buses run between Reading Station and the Reading Football Club Stadium, the service is available to everyone. The first bus leaves Reading station at 07:00. The last bus leaves the Stadium at 15.00. A full timetable will be published here when available.

There is a small charge to use the shuttle bus of £1.50 each way or £1 for concessionary pass holders and children under five years of age travel free. To ensure a speedy boarding experience the buses will operate a contactless tap on tap off payment system, no cash payments please.

If you have booked parking in the Yellow or Blue car park, your bus service is free.

Timetables for the bus services are:
Reading Railway Station

Blue Car Park

Yellow Car Park

There are also taxis at the Station. Please note if you use the Taxis service this is one way only, there is not a taxi pick up point at the Stadium. You should either get a shuttle bus back or order a taxi to pick you up off site away from the Stadium.

If you're travelling by bus on public transport, you can get service updates from Reading Buses here.



There is no parking at the Reading Football Club Stadium.

All car parks are now SOLD OUT

Red Car Park - A33/Longwater Avenue. This is the closest car park to the Race Village and Start Line, due to its location there are access and exit restrictions.

Blue Car Park - Mereoak P&R: Mereoak P&R: (incl. a shuttle bus to the Race Village) approx 9 mins bus ride: Postcode RG7 1JY - (for satnav: RG7 1PB)

Yellow Car Park - Wood, Shinfield Park: (incl. a shuttle bus to the Race Village)
approx 9 mins bus ride: Postcode RG2 9FW


Every year we work very closely with Reading Borough Council and other agencies to agree a full traffic management system which will be safe for the runners and cause the minimum amount of disruption to residents and other road users. However, there will be times when some roads will be closed to traffic. This is necessary to host such a large road race and we ask for your patience and cooperation during the short time the race will be passing your area.

A full list of the 2024 road closures and restrictions can be seen here.

We also ask people do not use junction 11 on the M4 to gain access to Reading town centre as this will be affected due to road closures.

Travelling by car

If you are traveling by car then please allow extra time for delays and congestion. If you are participating in the Green Park Challenge we advise that you arrive no later than 07:30am. If you are participating in the Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon we advise you to arrive no later than 08:45am as runners will begin assembling to the start line from 09:00am.

Arriving By Train

Green Park Station opened in May 2023 and is a stones throw away from the start line and race village. Journey times from Paddington to Reading Central are now 40 mins. Connections to Green Park are hourly but we run a bus shuttle from Reading Central Railway station.

PLEASE BE AWARE that Network Rail are planning to carry out overnight engineering work that will impact train services running to/from Reading Green Park station on Sunday 14 April:

Engineering work will be taking place between Reading West (Tilehurst Rd) and Basingstoke from 00:01 until 08:05 Sunday 14 April, also between Reading and Reading West (Tilehurst Rd) from 00:35 until 08:50 Sunday 14 April

07:37 and 08:37 Reading to Basingstoke, also 08:06 Basingstoke to Reading will NOT run and will be replaced by a bus each way at 07:37 Reading to Basingstoke and then 07:47 Basingstoke to Reading. This bus will stop at Reading Green Park. 

Reading West customers should travel by alternative services.

AFTER 09:06: Basingstoke to Reading and trains thereafter will operate as normal.

Please check for updates with National Rail Enquiries
  Telephone: 08457 48 49 50