Beating junction 8, M6.

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Tootles, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. Tootles

    Tootles Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    8,939
    Likes Received:
    30,775
    Location:
    Lancaster
    Some time ago, I was lamenting the fact that if you were traveling South down the M6, you got stuck for ages in the huge daily traffic jam that forms at junction 8, the start of the M5.
    I hate it with a passion. In fact, I was ready to castrate myself with a broken bottle, such was the frustration. I searched Google Earth for hours, looking for somewhere safe to stop South of Birmingham in the early hours. Didn't fancy a motorway services, and all the lay-by's I found looked a bit seedy.......Dogging spots I think.:confused:
    Anyway, the solution is in my hands! Er......Will re-phase that. I have the answer.(y)
    Malvern has a 24 hour car park, with no barriers, designed as a 24 hour stop over for motorhomes. Book in advance, wait for it, £3.20.........For a full 24 hours. Arrive after midnight, no problems. Set in a nice area as well.
    Priory Road Car Park (South), WR143DS. You pre-book and pay by phone 0345 5207007.
    Setting off next Friday to give it a bash. Will leave Lancaster at around 22.00, arrive Malvern some time after 23.59, heads down, go for a breakfast next morning, and set off to enjoy the trip.
    Will let you know how I go on.............:)
     
    • Like Like x 5
    • Informative Informative x 4
    • Thanks Thanks x 3
  2. DuxDeluxe

    DuxDeluxe Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2008
    Messages:
    9,332
    Likes Received:
    25,024
    Location:
    Planet Zog
    I bet you will..........in your own inimitable style. :whistle2:

    Looking forward to it, Dave (y)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  3. big bertha

    big bertha Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2012
    Messages:
    1,555
    Likes Received:
    6,520
    Location:
    Northumberland
    We'll be in touching distance, I'll be in Whitchurch next Friday night.(y)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Tootles

    Tootles Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    8,939
    Likes Received:
    30,775
    Location:
    Lancaster
    Bitch........;)
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  5. Tootles

    Tootles Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    8,939
    Likes Received:
    30,775
    Location:
    Lancaster
    If you can touch me in Malvern from Whitchurch, I bet you could steal cream cakes From Greggs in Preston whilst being in Manchester having a G&T...........:)
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  6. big bertha

    big bertha Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2012
    Messages:
    1,555
    Likes Received:
    6,520
    Location:
    Northumberland
    There both in Shropshire so I'm sure i'll feel your presence. Never go near Greggs but been known to have occasional G and T.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. Tootles

    Tootles Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    8,939
    Likes Received:
    30,775
    Location:
    Lancaster
    Thats possible. Just leave your hab door open..........:sneaky::sneaky::sneaky:
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  8. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2007
    Messages:
    27,228
    Likes Received:
    34,402
    Location:
    Acklam, Teesside, originally Glossop
    I'm not sure that is true Dave. Whilst 24 hour parking is available for motorhomes, overnight camping was only ever tolerated rather than being officially allowed, and that changed with a change of management. See this article on UK Motorhomes.
    Sorry if that makes a mess of your plans.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  9. olley

    olley Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2007
    Messages:
    3,702
    Likes Received:
    2,091
    Location:
    Ipswich
    Can't see a problem arriving that late, not likely to be a traffic warden about.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  10. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    8,491
    Likes Received:
    9,840
    Location:
    E Yorks
    Hey-up Tootsy ... where have you been? Missed you! :D
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  11. chaser

    chaser Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2013
    Messages:
    7,137
    Likes Received:
    7,712
    Location:
    uttoxeter
    M6 is fine that time of night, not even to bad in the middle of the day unless something untoward has happened.
    Used to go up and down it every day when I was on the vans, used to wait till rush hour was over though
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Messages:
    5,324
    Likes Received:
    7,579
    Location:
    Cannock, Staffs or Benidorm, spain
    The roadworks that created a lot of the tailbacks from the M5 junction northwards are now gone so not as bad as it was some time ago.. It's still busy and can tailback to jn10 at peak times but a lot better now... (y)

    Malvern, as a stop over along the M5 seems a long way off route..
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Useful Useful x 1
  13. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2007
    Messages:
    27,228
    Likes Received:
    34,402
    Location:
    Acklam, Teesside, originally Glossop
    The answers in the OP. @Tootles has been conducting a research project into the comparative numbers of dogging spots in the Birmingham and Lancaster areas :D
     
    • Funny Funny x 5
    • Like Like x 1
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  14. Janine

    Janine Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    4,817
    Likes Received:
    7,737
    Location:
    Sunny Shropshire
    Close but no cigar - Malvern's in Worcestershire :)
     
    • Like Like x 2
  15. big bertha

    big bertha Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2012
    Messages:
    1,555
    Likes Received:
    6,520
    Location:
    Northumberland
    Close enough for a Scottish lass at least I knew they were on the same side.:D
     
    • Funny Funny x 4
  16. Tootles

    Tootles Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    8,939
    Likes Received:
    30,775
    Location:
    Lancaster
    I did ask that very thing Graham. In fact, they even suggest you buying two tickets if your truck is longer then one bay.

    Here's a list of contraventions.

    [QUOTE
    PCN Code Contravention Description PCN Amount Contravention
    81 Parked in a restricted area in a car park £70 Parking on a yellow hatched area which is not designed to accommodate vehicles
    82 Parked after the expiry of time paid for in a pay and display car park £50 Remaining parked in a car park after a pay & display ticket has expired
    83 Parked in a pay and display car park without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket £50 Not clearly displaying a valid ticket on the dashboard
    85 Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit £70 Parking in the Council House or Brunel House car parks between 8am and 7.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) without a staff/members permit
    86 Parked beyond the bay markings £50 Parking over the white lines of a bay
    87 Parked in a disabled person's parking space without clearly displaying a valid disabled person's badge £70 Parking in a disabled bay with an expired blue badge on display
    91 Parked in an area not designated for that class of vehicle £70 Parking a car in a motorcycle bay
    92 Parked causing an obstruction £70 Parking in front of a pay & display machine
    96 Parked with engine running where prohibited £50 Leaving a coach engine running whilst parked in Priory Road South car park

    ][/QUOTE]

    Nothing about no overnighting. And anyway, who the hell is going to be checking up at gone midnight?? o_O

    Not a chance! And anyway, paid now, for a 24 hour stay. :)
     
    • Like Like x 3
  17. Tootles

    Tootles Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    8,939
    Likes Received:
    30,775
    Location:
    Lancaster
    Not really Tonk, off at junction 7, back on at 8. A few minuets at best.
    Last time we did the 6, one hour crawl at junction 19, then another hour 10 to 8. A fiver for the toll road, but more stuck traffic on the M42.
     
  18. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2007
    Messages:
    27,228
    Likes Received:
    34,402
    Location:
    Acklam, Teesside, originally Glossop
    Thanks Dave. I wish they would make their minds up.

    Overnight camping used to be allowed at both Priory Road South and Hanley Road in Upton upon Severn until a few years ago when disabled motorhome drivers (who could park without payment) started to take the Mickey and clog up Hanley Road in the run up to events at Three Counties Showground. That was one of the factors which prompted the 2013 parking order (which is still current). That order includes clause 64 which says:
    However, as mentioned in the UK Motorhomes article, the management at the time took a relaxed view but that was then overturned a few months later.
    From what you have been told the management approach must have changed again. I hope so, sleep well :D
     
    • Like Like x 1
  19. emmitdb

    emmitdb Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,600
    Likes Received:
    1,507
    Location:
    Cornwall
    Son No.1 works south of Jn 8 M5 and lives at Stafford.

    He tells me that on an evening he turns SOUTH at Jn8 M5 and then doubles back on himself to the N. Bound M6 @ Jn7 M6.

    The queue north on the M5 to get onto the M6 N.Bound is thus avoided
     
  20. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2008
    Messages:
    9,246
    Likes Received:
    5,197
    Location:
    East Sussex 01-580-881288
    Blue Badge........................... NO PAY?
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page