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    • rickyroma
    • By rickyroma 16th Apr 19, 10:38 AM
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    A1 or M1 this friday
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    • 16th Apr 19, 10:38 AM
    A1 or M1 this friday 16th Apr 19 at 10:38 AM
    Heading from S. Yorks to Kent this Friday. I can either do the M1 south and have a fairly long drive round the M25 or I can go down the A1 and hit the M25 later on.
    Seems a no brainer to use the A1 and reduce the time on the M25... Or is it not that simple? Any frequent travellers out there agree or does anyone say I should go for M1 South rather than A1?
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    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 16th Apr 19, 10:46 AM
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    My route would be A1 south to Peterborough; A14 east to Cambridge; M11 south to M25; Dartford Bridge and then into Kent.

    A14 does have roadworks but I find that more predictable than M25 and you can often make up the time on the M11 stretch.
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 16th Apr 19, 11:44 AM
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    • 16th Apr 19, 11:44 AM
    Whichever route you take one key thing is to ensure you are aware of how to pay the Dartford Crossing charge.


    https://www.gov.uk/pay-dartford-crossing-charge
    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 16th Apr 19, 12:40 PM
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    • 16th Apr 19, 12:40 PM
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    • 16th Apr 19, 12:40 PM
    There are warning signs on the A1.
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 16th Apr 19, 12:45 PM
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    • 16th Apr 19, 12:45 PM
    My route would be A1 south to Peterborough; A14 east to Cambridge; M11 south to M25; Dartford Bridge and then into Kent.

    A14 does have roadworks but I find that more predictable than M25 and you can often make up the time on the M11 stretch.
    Originally posted by NBLondon
    I used to travel from Lincoln to Kent quite often and that ^ was always my preferred route, on a Friday though, any route won't be fun.

    If you don't find joy in the snow,
    remember you'll have less joy in your life


    ...but still have the same amount of snow!
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 16th Apr 19, 12:50 PM
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    • 16th Apr 19, 12:50 PM
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    • 16th Apr 19, 12:50 PM
    on a Friday though, any route won't be fun.
    Originally posted by martinthebandit
    Especially Good Friday.
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    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 16th Apr 19, 12:59 PM
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    Let Google sort it out. Although I'd ignore Google & take the A1/A14/M11 as mentioned above. It's much quieter & leaves you with less M25.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
    • GunJack
    • By GunJack 16th Apr 19, 1:48 PM
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    My route would be A1 south to Peterborough; A14 east to Cambridge; M11 south to M25; Dartford Bridge and then into Kent.
    Originally posted by NBLondon
    *****pedant alert*****


    Huntingdon, actually...via the A1/A14 link road through Alconbury
    ......Gettin' There, Wherever There is......
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 16th Apr 19, 1:55 PM
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    • 16th Apr 19, 1:55 PM
    Or even M1 then pick up the A14 at J19 and over to M11.

    A large part of it will depend on where in S Yorks you're starting off, and how easy access to M1/A1 are.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 16th Apr 19, 2:23 PM
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    My route would be A1 south to Peterborough; A14 east to Cambridge; M11 south to M25; Dartford Bridge and then into Kent.
    Originally posted by NBLondon
    Truck driver here, this is the route I'd be taking.
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 16th Apr 19, 2:46 PM
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    I'll just stop at home I thinki!
    • rickyroma
    • By rickyroma 16th Apr 19, 5:42 PM
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    Thanks for all suggestions. Wouldnt normally dream of taking a 240 mile journey on a Bank Holiday but no choice
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 16th Apr 19, 8:01 PM
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    Route I have taken a few times, prefer it to the bridge.

    A1, A14, M11, A12 through the blackwall tunnel then A2, M2

    Though I would either leave it really late or make a really early start.
    That said I know the A12 like the back of my wotsit, the cameras are in really sneaky locations.
    • macman
    • By macman 17th Apr 19, 1:18 AM
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    Since the OP is going south, towards London, the BH traffic should not be too bad, as most of it will be exiting London and going north.
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 17th Apr 19, 11:01 AM
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    Route I have taken a few times, prefer it to the bridge.

    A1, A14, M11, A12 through the blackwall tunnel then A2, M2

    Though I would either leave it really late or make a really early start.
    That said I know the A12 like the back of my wotsit, the cameras are in really sneaky locations.
    Originally posted by parking_question_chap
    That's my usual route from Yorkshire to home in South London since I'm within a few miles of the southern end of Blackwall Tunnel. But I wouldn't head in that far to double-back along the A2.

    There's nothing wrong with the cameras on the A12 - it's the way the speed limit bounces between 40 and 50 that catches the unwary.

    Yes - GunJack is correct - Alconbury is the junction south of Peterborough then pass along the south side of Huntingdon.

    Also remember to watch out for Pulse and Cocktails at various points along the A1 - former Little Chef's turned into Adult Stores. I have never worked out who their clientele is supposed to buy.... lonely truckers? doggers? upstanding members of the community 25 miles away?
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
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