Commuting to London - by car

Commuting to London - by car

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Brew

413 posts

205 months

Sunday 18th May 2014
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I sometimes park around Eltham park - ten minute walk from the station, free parking and side roads (Glenlyon, Glenlea, Eltham Park Gdns) are quiet and safe. One stop further on from Falconwood and never had any issues.

kiethton

11,812 posts

138 months

Sunday 18th May 2014
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I park around the corner from Lee Station - Woodyates Road but there are others around, then a 2 minute walk to the station from there (zone 3 so £3.10 on PAYG oyster each way).

Also Mottingham Station has free parking on the road next to the BP garage (Highcombe close) then a 5 minute walk to the station, although Zone 4. This does have the advantage of being right next to the A20 in any event and trains from each are sub-15 minutes to London Bridge.

NickHKent

305 posts

124 months

Monday 19th May 2014
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I used to get the train into the City everyday from Maidstone and hated it, then gave up and started driving but the A2 was a killer. Bit the bullet in the end and moved into town.

Think you've got the right idea looking at parking around Lee etc. Once you get further in the traffic is a complete standstill.

MYOB

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3,353 posts

96 months

Tuesday 20th May 2014
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Thanks all.

Got a lot to chew on here. No easy or obvious answer on what to do.

Regards

bqf

1,878 posts

129 months

Friday 23rd May 2014
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where are you commuting to? City, West End or Wharf?

I drive from J4 of the M20 to the wharf every day and it's cheaper, quicker and less stressful than the train. Parking 5/day.

Sea Demon

1,124 posts

171 months

Tuesday 3rd June 2014
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I live in Maidstone & usually commute by motorbike to London but the rare occasion where I get the train, I drive to Crayford and leave my car there. Plenty of roads near the station within a 10 min walk & I get to Crayford via the M20/M25/A282 - less traffic than the M2/A2.

FBP1

436 posts

107 months

Sunday 8th June 2014
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I live near lee station and I wish you lot would ferk off and just get the train from where you live. It makes parking in my road nigh on impossible and God help you if you need to drop the kids somewhere or nip somewhere for a bottle of milk or whatever as you will have 5 Colin commuters waiting to park out side your house as you pull away. You then end up parking half a mile from your house on your return.

I hate controlled parking zones as they are just money for councils who do very little for us in return but I would now welcome it where we are to stop all this.

Zedboy1200

655 posts

169 months

Monday 9th June 2014
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Best value commute for me at peak times from Maidstone is car to St Mary Cray with plenty of free on-street parking, then zone 6 travelcard to Victoria ... Never had any trouble 7 days a week at all hours for last 15 years.

MYOB

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3,353 posts

96 months

Monday 9th June 2014
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FBP1 said:
I live near lee station and I wish you lot would ferk off and just get the train from where you live. It makes parking in my road nigh on impossible and God help you if you need to drop the kids somewhere or nip somewhere for a bottle of milk or whatever as you will have 5 Colin commuters waiting to park out side your house as you pull away. You then end up parking half a mile from your house on your return.

I hate controlled parking zones as they are just money for councils who do very little for us in return but I would now welcome it where we are to stop all this.
Smashing, Lee station it is then laugh

Thanks for the other contributions too.

strattonkillick

132 posts

173 months

Wednesday 11th June 2014
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MYOB said:
Smashing, Lee station it is then laugh

Thanks for the other contributions too.
I think that there will be parking restrictions around Lee station fairly soon. One of the problems was that Lewisham Council would only allow a full day CPZ, they have now relented and will be offering a two hour restriction which I think will get through. I don't care where you park as long as it's legal but a lot of people struggle now with parking during the day as a result of commuters leaving their car and walking to Lee or Hither Green. That and a local car hire company using our roads for additional parking.

MYOB

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3,353 posts

96 months

Wednesday 11th June 2014
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strattonkillick said:
I think that there will be parking restrictions around Lee station fairly soon. One of the problems was that Lewisham Council would only allow a full day CPZ, they have now relented and will be offering a two hour restriction which I think will get through. I don't care where you park as long as it's legal but a lot of people struggle now with parking during the day as a result of commuters leaving their car and walking to Lee or Hither Green. That and a local car hire company using our roads for additional parking.
Thanks. I certainly wouldn't wish to park where it angers/inconveniences the locals. Currently reviewing parkatmyhouse.com but prices seem ridiculous!

kiethton

11,812 posts

138 months

Wednesday 11th June 2014
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Will this affect the area on the Mottingham side of the station?

Hope it doesn't as I have nowhere else to park really....

strattonkillick

132 posts

173 months

Wednesday 11th June 2014
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kiethton said:
Will this affect the area on the Mottingham side of the station?

Hope it doesn't as I have nowhere else to park really....
I think that that is in Greenwich, I'm not sure what their plans are. There have been CPZs creeping out from Hither Green station and we are the only part of the area that voted against them. Everyone displaced from other areas has moved to parking on our bits of road and Lewisham have now agreed that they will operate a CPZ only during the middle of the day, if it is voted on by the residents. I guess if this comes in then people will park on the other side of Burnt Ash Road and then the process will carry on until nobody can park anywhere.

kiethton

11,812 posts

138 months

Wednesday 11th June 2014
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Mare, think I may need to get my motorbike license sooner than planned, lets hope it doesn't happen on the south side of Lee station...

It may sound a little selfish but I have hardly anywhere else to park at present that allows me to get to work on time (at my desk for 6:40), lee just doesn't have a car park and even if it did £8 a day on top of nearly the same again for a ticket is unpalatable. Although I'm only in Poverest the only station within a 30 min walk is St Mary Cray and it doesn't go to cannon street (work in Moorgate).

What else could I do, did cycle but given the time to get in for in the new job I wouldn't fancy leaving any earlier, especially as I'm not normally back before 9pm frown

MYOB

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3,353 posts

96 months

Wednesday 11th June 2014
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kiethton said:
Mare, think I may need to get my motorbike license sooner than planned, lets hope it doesn't happen on the south side of Lee station...

It may sound a little selfish but I have hardly anywhere else to park at present that allows me to get to work on time (at my desk for 6:40), lee just doesn't have a car park and even if it did £8 a day on top of nearly the same again for a ticket is unpalatable. Although I'm only in Poverest the only station within a 30 min walk is St Mary Cray and it doesn't go to cannon street (work in Moorgate).

What else could I do, did cycle but given the time to get in for in the new job I wouldn't fancy leaving any earlier, especially as I'm not normally back before 9pm frown
That's a long day. What do you do?

kiethton

11,812 posts

138 months

Thursday 12th June 2014
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Yep, although time doesn't go that slowly. Sell side analyst

mtanvirh

1 posts

12 months

Thursday 3rd October 2019
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can anyone tell me the name of the roads near Crayford station where I can park for free. I see one forum member mentioned there are plenty of roads within 10 min walking distance where you can park for free. I cannot find any:-(

DIW35

4,042 posts

158 months

Tuesday 8th October 2019
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That was 5 years ago.

Royce44

337 posts

71 months

Thursday 14th November 2019
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Everywhere clamping down on it now. Won't be long till falconwood is chargeable. Its too easy to make money on

davidc1

979 posts

120 months

Thursday 14th November 2019
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Royce44 said:
Everywhere clamping down on it now. Won't be long till falconwood is chargeable. Its too easy to make money on
I commute from falconwood. I used to park along the free stretch but it got too busy and my car was hit lightlytwice... .so for the last 7 years i pay 40quid a month to park on an old guys drive 5 minute walk away. Job done.