Just came back from Bath this morning on GWR. You have to hang your bikes on some clumsy hook arrangement in a tight upright cabinet thingy. There isn't room for one or two bikes with straight bars. My space had been taken with Glastonbury baggage. The sign where to stand at the station was a coach or two out of the way. The platform attendant was no help and I got on in the wrong place as the sign didn't appear obvious - a comedy few minutes as I shuffled around people with large bags and just managed to move down the carriage. I thought that this was clearly a British Romcom moment where I bumped into the partner of my dreams (gotta larf).
Couldn't find anything on line with recent experience. This one from ten years ago predicts the increasing difficulties [www.theguardian.com
Last time I had done similar with GWR they had a guards carriage type arrangement. Virgin are decent albeit draconian (don't just turn up without a bike reservation).
Great to hear others experiences. It's as if the TOCs don't want bikes. The magnificent Eurostar takes this even further!
This is a thread for whingy cyclists. If you want to whinge about cyclists there are other threads here.