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M25 at rush hour

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SenoraPostrophe · 05/09/2005 18:02

how bad is it really? how early would i have to leave to get from dartford to rugby by 8.30?

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essbee · 05/09/2005 18:04

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Twiglett · 05/09/2005 18:04

mwahahahahaha .. you know Chris Rea's 'Road to Hell' song .. that was the M25 .. it is crapola

have you checked theaa.com routefinder?

misdee · 05/09/2005 18:05

hahaha. isnthat a silly questions?

honest answers, somedays it will be fine, other days its hell.

SenoraPostrophe · 05/09/2005 18:06

yes anticlockwise - through the dartford tunnel.

the aa is fine for guessing route times without crappy traffic, but I don't know how much to add for it being rush hour.

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Mum2girls · 05/09/2005 18:06

I'd leave oh at least 3 days before....

iota · 05/09/2005 18:07

aa off peak says 2hr 16 min, so peak will be potentially substantially longer - sorry

Travel
(miles) and
then to
take total
(miles)
0.00 Start out at Dartford,Kent A226 0.00
0.07 At traffic signals turn left onto the A226 (signposted Dartford Crossing, Greenhithe) A226 0.07
0.41 At mini-roundabout turn right onto Park Road - A296 (signposted M25, Dartford Tunnel) A296 0.49
0.35 At roundabout take the 1st exit onto Princes Road - A296 (signposted Dartford Crossing) A296 0.84
0.12 At Princes Road Interchange roundabout take the 1st exit, then merge onto the A282 (signposted Dartford Crossing)
TRAFFIC BLACKSPOT - Call 401100 from your mobile A282 0.96
1.29 Dartford Tunnel Tollbooths A282 2.25
1.04 Travel through the Dartford Tunnel (Toll) A282 3.29
1.27 Thurrock Service Area (MOTO) A282 4.56
0.48 Continue forward onto the M25 (signposted The North) M25 5.04
32.17 South Mimms Service Area (WELCOME BREAK) BP garage - link opens a new window M25 37.21
7.64 Leave the M25 at junction 21, then join the M1 motorway (signposted M1 The North, Luton Airport)
TRAFFIC BLACKSPOT - Call 401100 from your mobile M1 44.85
18.02 Toddington Service Area (MOTO) BP garage - link opens a new window M1 62.87
14.75 Newport Pagnell Service Area (WELCOME BREAK) M1 77.61
11.97 Northampton Service Area (ROAD CHEF) BP garage - link opens a new window M1 89.59
10.82 Watford Gap Service Area (ROAD CHEF) BP garage - link opens a new window M1 100.41
3.15 Leave the M1 at junction 18 (signposted Hinckley, Rugby), then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A5 (signposted Rugby) A5 103.55
0.62 At roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A428 (signposted Rugby) A428 104.17
0.24 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A428 A428 104.41
0.20 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A428 (signposted Rugby) A428 104.61
1.43 Continue forward onto Crick Road - A428. Entering Rugby A428 106.04
1.16 Paddox S/Stn BP garage - link opens a new window A428 107.21
1.32 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Hillmorton Road - A428 (signposted Coventry) A428 108.53
0.27 Arrive at Rugby,Warwickshire A428 108.80

  • Section time 2:16, Total time 2:16
essbee · 05/09/2005 18:08

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misdee · 05/09/2005 18:08

junctions 21/22 are very bad at rush hour times. sorry!

SenoraPostrophe · 05/09/2005 18:19

as I suspected.

OK - so do i tell a big client i can't do the meeting, or do i make it later, change my return flight to saturday and move my birthday bbq to next week. meeting has already been rearranged 4 or 5 times, but the latest change was theirs.

I wish i had a proper job.

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essbee · 05/09/2005 18:20

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jenkel · 05/09/2005 18:22

As your going north there are a few options to get off the m25 a little earlier, and as you will be going north this roads will be generally quietier, you could try a10 and then cut across to the a1, go up the a1 and little and then cut off accross country to join the m1, either at Luton or a bit further north on the a1 and cut across to just before milton keynes.

Or stay on the m25 a little longer and go directly up the a1 and cut across to Luton or Milton Keynes.

SenoraPostrophe · 05/09/2005 18:22

I have to leave by 12 (pref 11.30) as it is because flight is at 3.30 from gatwick. I think it's all cutting it far too fine.

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SenoraPostrophe · 05/09/2005 18:23

actually, would it be that bad at 6am?

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essbee · 05/09/2005 18:23

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essbee · 05/09/2005 18:24

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SenoraPostrophe · 05/09/2005 18:27

yes, but i have to hire a car anyway due to flight arriving quite late.

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essbee · 05/09/2005 18:31

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robinia · 05/09/2005 18:32

Jct. 4 (M25) to jct 21 takes 45 minutes if the traffic is free running (which it generally is at 6am although leave it any later and it will start slowing down). I would add on 30-60 mins. for traffic congestion delays and then add on whatever the M1 - Rugby section takes. If you get stuck in some horrendous accident related jam it's hardly your fault.

WideWebWitch · 05/09/2005 20:43

Senora, can't you do a netmeeting? Gotta be worth it to avoid the M25.

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