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Offline LizzieW

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Re: National Archives
« Reply #9 on: Sunday 04 March 18 14:10 GMT (UK) »
It's why many hospitals charge for parking, as many of them are within walking distance of a town, or on a bus route from hospital to town, it was found that people were parking for free at the hospital and then either walking or getting a cheap bus into towns.

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Re: National Archives
« Reply #10 on: Sunday 04 March 18 15:28 GMT (UK) »
Not a proposal, comes into effect in April

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/changes-to-car-parking-at-the-national-archives-site-kew/

I've been to Kew many times and there have never been car-park issues.

But I don't go at weekeds which might be when the problem occurs or because of the new housing being built/already built at the side of the archives.
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Re: National Archives
« Reply #11 on: Monday 05 March 18 18:44 GMT (UK) »
7 for travel? If only! Don't forget that not everyone lives in the local area.

If I wanted to visit tomorrow, I could leave on the 06:11 train and get there just before 10:30. I would return to my local main line station (10 miles from home) about 21:30.

All for only 226.50, including parking at this end.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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Re: National Archives
« Reply #12 on: Monday 05 March 18 20:06 GMT (UK) »
More than likely  ;D     First 4 hours in there then move your car to TNA car park. 

Personally 4 hours at TNA is more than enough for me :D

The on-street CPZ operates 10am to noon, after that the parking is unrestricted in most bays. So arrive (or move your car on-street) at noon and you can park for the rest of the day for free.

I've always used public transport though. Although the TNA car park is free if there are no spaces left there isn't much alternative apart from the retail park or waiting till noon.

If you avoid zone 1 and pay contactless (or by Oyster) then the fare is probably cheaper than the petrol used to drive there, let alone park if the 7 is introduced.

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Re: National Archives
« Reply #13 on: Monday 05 March 18 20:47 GMT (UK) »
7 for travel? If only! Don't forget that not everyone lives in the local area.

If I wanted to visit tomorrow, I could leave on the 06:11 train and get there just before 10:30. I would return to my local main line station (10 miles from home) about 21:30.

All for only 226.50, including parking at this end.

Or a compromise train, leaving manchester at 9am, returning on the 7pm from london would set you back 50 quid.(for that section of the journey, advance booking)

You quoted a full price ticket, like most things, you can take action to mitigate the total cost.
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Re: National Archives
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 06 March 18 08:00 GMT (UK) »
7 for travel? If only! Don't forget that not everyone lives in the local area.

We were really just comparing the price of car parking to local public transport.  In the London area we are encouraged not to use our cars for local travel.  ;) 

As I mentioned earlier the charges TNA intend making are about the same as local authority car parks in the area.  Richmond also has areas where they have 'residents parking'   A lot of the streets surrounding TNA have housing with no car parking other than on the street outside their houses.
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Re: National Archives
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday 06 March 18 11:39 GMT (UK) »
Or a compromise train, leaving manchester at 9am, returning on the 7pm from london would set you back 50 quid.(for that section of the journey, advance booking)

You quoted a full price ticket, like most things, you can take action to mitigate the total cost.
But leaving after 9:30 to get the cheaper fare only gets you to Kew around 1pm. That only leaves 3 hours before document ordering closes. Does 8 hours of travel for 3 hours of research sound good? And it still costs a hundred quid for the round trip. "Advance Booking" a month in advance gets all of a tenner off the fare.

Paying for parking at TNA seems an attractive proposition.

It is always a major expedition visiting TNA. My favourite method so far is to visit between Christmas and New Year. Hotels give huge discounts then. Drive down early morning. Full day researching. Room for the night, then back to TNA for opening time. I've usually completed my tick list by 2pm on day 2, but there's always something else to find there. Of course rail travel in that period is impossible, as there is always an extra five hours of "replacement bus service" in each direction.

Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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Re: National Archives
« Reply #16 on: Tuesday 06 March 18 12:18 GMT (UK) »
You can get cheaper fares using a Senior Railcard?

I also found 1st Class Singles, Manchester to Kew Gardens, for 41.60. 83 return! ;D

For myself, I can get a Sail-Rail ticket from Isle of Man to Kew for 86.50 return, using my Senior Railcard!
However, that would take me all day to travel; so I would need at least 1 night in hotel; possibly 2!
(1 night if I intended to get the 02:15 sailing from Heysham :o)
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