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Shoestringracer

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970 posts

85 months

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Hi,

I've got to be in the West End for 9.30 on a weekday. I could get the 6.30 train which means a taxi at 6 (to be safe) which means getting up at 5.30 which I don't really fancy. Or I could drive to somewhere like Epping and get a train or tube from there. I like driving, I don't like trains so recomendations for a NE London station with a car park thats likely to have spaces at around 8.30 please.

Thanks

threesixty

1,708 posts

89 months

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Epping has a small and packed car park and the tube will take an hour to get to the west from there. If you're going to drive then tube I'd head for somewhere like stratford at the very end of the M11.

Really though, I'd take the train the whole way.

AutoAndy

1,172 posts

101 months

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Newbury Park Tube Station - Far enough out for parking but not so far that it takes hours to get into town. It also has a good sized car park and resonable prices.

Down A11/M11 to the very end, then south on the North Circ to the Junction with the A12. Trun left (away from London) and it is about 1 or 2 miles on the left. Plus it is on the central line right into town.

GallardoOwner

817 posts

87 months

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I think Redbridge is one of the closest when you come off the M11, its is actually right on the roundabout when you pull off the motorway.

I usually use Loughton which is near to Epping, Car park is a bit bigger than Epping I think, I normally arrive at 10.30 and parking is tough at that time.

baldy1926

1,141 posts

86 months

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I would take the train all way. As to get to a under ground station for 8.30 you would have to leave 2 1/2 hours. As the a11/m11 will be starting to get busy.
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DJFish

4,288 posts

149 months

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I'd take the train also.
Much as I love driving, that journey would just be a chore and the NXEA intercity isn't that bad, especially if you book in advance and get a cheap, reserved seat.

7litrebig

420 posts

97 months

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Echoing the other thoughts - train all the way for me, as much as I love driving it doesn't take much of a jam to screw up your timing. Depends on where you are exactly, but I often drive over to Downham Market (as I'm in East Dereham and almost mid way between Norwich and there) and take that line in to Kings Cross (only just over and hour direct compared to 1hr 40 for Norwich) - I find it more reliable.

Demolitionman13

203 posts

104 months

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Blackhorse Road or Snaresbrook are the ones i use all the time. Depends which tube line you want.
Easy to get to off the North Circular and always car parking at that time of day.

Biggriff

2,106 posts

170 months

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You are mad. Book train tickets in advance (cheap as chips) and let the train take the strain. I never ever drive into London (or anywhere near if I can help it).

Shoestringracer

Original Poster:

970 posts

85 months

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I'm not mad! I've driven and trained to and from London many times and used to live just east of the City and will happily drive all the way in on a Sunday. I'm not a good early morning person. The car would allow me to stay in bed for an extra hour and then be comfee and Radio 4. I do enjoy early morning longer distance drives which in my car, which, when you are used to a 15 minute commute in Mrs Shoestring's Yarris diesel, become an "adventure" more than a "chore".

jamieandthemagic

486 posts

78 months

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Redbridge for me, always a parking spot and just off the bottom of the m11

eccles

8,556 posts

108 months

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Chenery coaches used to do a daily commuter coach from Norwich that used to get in to Victoria for 9am. That might be worth exploring.
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