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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 16th May 19, 6:57 PM
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    Avoiding high parking costs at NEC?
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    • 16th May 19, 6:57 PM
    Avoiding high parking costs at NEC? 16th May 19 at 6:57 PM
    We're going to the NEC a couple of times in June and wondered if anyone had any bright ideas to avoid high parking charges. Getting a train from where we live involves loads of changes and is over double the cost and double the the of driving there but we wondered ...
    1. Are there any streets with free parking near local bus routes to the NEC or even within a half hour walk?
    2. Or any local stations with easy cheap fares to the NEC and plenty of parking? We are not early risers so probably won't arrive till 10.30.
    Not sure yet if we're going on a weekend or weekday.

    Would be grateful for some good suggestions especially from people with local knowledge!
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    • a.turner
    • By a.turner 16th May 19, 7:30 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 7:30 PM
    Any side road on the A45 and catch a bus.
    • keithdc
    • By keithdc 16th May 19, 7:36 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 7:36 PM
    Any side road on the A45 and catch a bus.
    Originally posted by a.turner
    Alternatively... Most nearby stations have car parks or you can park on street, then catch train.

    Depending on how many of you there are and time of travel, bus or train may be cheaper.

    However, NEC parking is 12 per day so saving probably isn't huge!
    • a.turner
    • By a.turner 16th May 19, 7:52 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 7:52 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 7:52 PM
    Alternatively... Most nearby stations have car parks or you can park on street, then catch train.

    Depending on how many of you there are and time of travel, bus or train may be cheaper.

    However, NEC parking is 12 per day so saving probably isn't huge!
    Originally posted by keithdc
    If the car parks are free spaces will be gone by 7-30.
    • Kat78MFW
    • By Kat78MFW 16th May 19, 8:59 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 8:59 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 8:59 PM
    If you park at resorts world and have food in one of the restaurants there or make a purchase from one of the shops (lots of brand outlet shops), you can get your parking ticket validated and parking only costs 2. You have to spend a minimum of 20 on your food or shopping but if your clothes don't fit, you can always take them back to a local store for a refund (there is a next outlet shop).
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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 16th May 19, 10:15 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 10:15 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 10:15 PM
    If you park at resorts world and have food in one of the restaurants there or make a purchase from one of the shops (lots of brand outlet shops), you can get your parking ticket validated and parking only costs 2. You have to spend a minimum of 20 on your food or shopping but if your clothes don't fit, you can always take them back to a local store for a refund (there is a next outlet shop).
    Originally posted by Kat78MFW

    So if we start the day with a Patisserie Valerie breakfast, we can park for 2!!!

    Genius! Thank you!
    • wymondham
    • By wymondham 17th May 19, 5:53 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 5:53 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 5:53 AM
    Careful you don't spend 10 to save 5.....
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 17th May 19, 6:15 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 6:15 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 6:15 AM
    Any park and ride in the area?
    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 17th May 19, 6:26 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 6:26 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 6:26 AM
    Any park and ride in the area?
    Originally posted by neilmcl
    No there is not.
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 17th May 19, 6:40 AM
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    Careful you don't spend 10 to save 5.....
    Originally posted by wymondham
    Probably will but we'd get s breakfast and then wouldn't need lunch

    Food at the exhibitions is always overpriced and not that good.
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 17th May 19, 6:46 AM
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    So if we start the day with a Patisserie Valerie breakfast, we can park for 2!!!

    Genius! Thank you!
    Originally posted by JennyP
    Haven't they gone bankrupt?
    "Only two things are infinite-the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the universe"
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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 17th May 19, 6:51 AM
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    Haven't they gone bankrupt?
    Originally posted by worried jim
    Some are still open. I think!
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 17th May 19, 6:53 AM
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    https://www.itv.com/news/2019-02-14/cake-chain-patisserie-valerie-gobbled-up-by-irish-private-equity-firm/
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 17th May 19, 7:48 AM
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    Haven't they gone bankrupt?
    Originally posted by worried jim

    The one at Union Square in Aberdeen was open 2 days ago.
    • keithdc
    • By keithdc 17th May 19, 8:42 AM
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    If the car parks are free spaces will be gone by 7-30.
    Originally posted by a.turner
    Not on a weekend they won't be!

    And... plenty of places to park in streets around station car parks (which is what I said before!), particularly if willing to walk a short distance!
    • timbotambo
    • By timbotambo 17th May 19, 10:15 AM
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    Marston Green has a lot of spaces and is only a 2min train ride away (station is at the end of the airport runway). No chance of a space on weekdays. However, we always park at Birmingham International. 9 and a nice indoor walk to the NEC across the road.
    • alan_d
    • By alan_d 17th May 19, 10:32 AM
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    I've found that some exhibitions/shows have free parking and others have paid parking - often at the same time! The signs when you arrive direct you into the appropriate car park for the exhibition you're attending.
    Check what other shows are on at the same time as you're visiting, and then find their website to see what the parking charges are.
    If you find a free (or cheaper) one, follow signs to that, then after you get the bus to that show walk over to the one you actually want to go to.
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