Another Take That one... Travel back from Wembley

I managed, yesterday, to be on Ticketmaster when a couple of good seats at Wembley this Friday happened to be available. It was my sister's 30th recently so I snapped them up for us & am only now worrying about transport home afterwards...

In Manchester, the show finished about 10.30; does that leave us enough time to get to Wembley Park station and actually on to a tube train for 11pm, to get the 11.30 train from King's Cross back to Peterborough? That would be perfect but I'm worried about fighting through the crowds!

If we were to drive, what's it like getting away from the stadium? Again in Manchester we spent at least 90 mins sitting in the car park then jammed roads; I'm assuming Wembley's the same & public transport's our best bet?

Thanks in advance!

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  • if its any help a couple of years ago we went to wembley, we drove from norfolk, parked at stanmore station and took the tube straight to wembley park. far less agro than trying to cut across the city. parking wasn't overly expensive but allow plenty of time to find a space as it was very busy.
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  • MzFitz
    MzFitz Posts: 80 Forumite
    There is a two mile no parking zone around Wembley when there are events at the Stadium (I live 2.1 miles from the Stadium). It's mad busy when the Stadium kicks out at the end of a concert - please factor that in if you do decide to travel by train. By car - lots of people use Stanmore (Jubilee line - going North out of town, rather than the hoards of people travelling South in to town); there is also Harrow (Metropolitan Line - again, going North rather than South, won't be as busy) - . There is also a large open air public car park at Preston Road, again, Met Line going North - 1 stop from Wembley Park, http://www.brent.gov.uk/tmaps.nsf/Map?ReadForm&x=google&z=17&loc=transportation.nsf/carparkkey.xml?ReadForm&key=LBB-153&pid=478 which I believe (but check!) is open 24 hours - there is a fee but it's a hell of a lot cheaper than being towed (yes, I have had my car and my motorbike towed - where the heck do you stick a parking permit on a motorbike .... ). The Asda supermarket in Wembley Park have signs up that it's a 2 hour maximum stay, so wouldn't recommend that - Morrisons at Queensbury (again, Jubilee Northbound) is probably the same.
  • moneypooh
    moneypooh Posts: 2,217
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    http://www.wembleystadium.com/Events/2011/Take-That/1-July

    looking at this link they don't anticipate it finishing until 10.45pm, so no chance of catching that train for 11pm. Timings approx but it'll be so busy. We went to the capitalfm summertime ball and it does take forever to get on the tube if you leave with everyone else.
  • Sharon87
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    Well to get the train at the time you want you will have to leave a bit early.

    I've been to events at Wembley stadium and arena. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the station straight after a concert. 8-10 minutes when no one's around. The tube takes 20 minutes to get to Kings Cross if you get a direct train or 24 minutes if you have to change at Baker's Street. The last train from Wembley Park to get you in ready for your train is 22:57. That's the Met line to Aldgate.

    I'm going on the Saturday! I only have 3 stops on Jubilee line to get home :D
  • paddyrg
    paddyrg Posts: 13,543 Forumite
    The stadium license curfew is usually 10:30 for music, and it is a 6-figure fine for an overrun, so it probably will be a 10.30 scheduled finish. Remember, 80,000 people spill out all at once, so unless you miss the end of the show (not really the point), you are snarled up for AGES - which is why the artists are usually off the stage, into the limos and gone long before the house lights come on - or get stuck in 90 mins of clearing out. The tube stations will probably only let people in in waves to prevent overcrowding and anyone getting squeezed onto the tracks, so you will get onto a train, but unlikely to be the first one.

    In short, if you can find a hotel, you can save yourselves a lot of stress and a night on the station concourse floor (as I did at Euston 20 yrs ago - never again)
  • Thanks all - no way am I leaving early, I plan to enjoy every minute!
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