M25, best time to travel

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  1. golly

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    We are thinking of visiting the Kent area for one of our trips this year, The last time I drove around London it was the old north circular road and the Dartford crossing was just the tunnel :rolleyes: The quickest way for us to Kent from "up north" is to join the M25 from the M11 then clockwise to the A2, what is your opinion of the best time to travel the M25 or is one time as good or bad as any other. Any advice appreciated.

    John
     
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    The m25 can be snarled up at any time of day. However it's best to avoid early mornings and late afternoons.
     
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    Go after 2200 and before 0600 and you won't have to pay a toll with no holds ups a bonus
     
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    does the toll free period still apply now it is automated?

    I had presumed that had gone

    But just to avoid any risk of over charging, (we have an 'over weight' MH) my vote goes for round the bottom, pay a few more miles worth of diesel, but no toll and no risk of hold up, that part of the M25 always seemed to be the worst before we started going round the bottom

    as for timing, you takes your choice, whenever can be bad but as RC avoid the obvious
     
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    Christmas day can be quiet.
     
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    > M25, best time to travel

    August 2045. The M25 reopens as ten lanes and the oil runs out.
     
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    We use the tunnel regular and found Sunday late afternoon is always busy , guess it's people heading home after the weekend . After Xmas it was free flow South , but still had to stop at the barriers going north.
     
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    YES .... still free at night.
     
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    is there any time that's good to go any where near London or the m 25 but it's a necessary evil
    bill
     
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    I didn't realise that about the tolls, that's definitely a possible plan thanks.

    So that would be anti-clockwise from the M1, I will work out the extra milage and give it some thought, thanks
     
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    I think my fuel will run out before then.
     
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    We often go down the M42 / M40 option, the biggest problem we find is the M40 - M4 junction, once past that all seems OK (ish)

    I forgot to ask, why Kent? stay north remove the problem (y)
     
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    We have travelled at about midnight, to get to the Newby show and others from the A12, apart from the odd road works its fine.

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    Now the southbound bridge has had the toll barriers removed it generally flows well. I use it most weeks and have not been held up at all. Not the same northbound at present but the roadworks are underway and due to finish in March, hopefully North will then be the same as South.
    As to best times, Friday morning is always good, generally avoid peak rush hour times, Monday mornings, Friday evenings and Bank holidays.
    Generally just go for it and enjoy the trip!
     
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    I have a couple of trips sketched out for this year, one of which is up to Durness thanks to your great thread, have been up to Sandwood Bay but didn't do the north coast. Last visit to Kent was in the 60's in a VW camper fancied revisiting some places (not always a good idea):unsure:
     
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    Living just inside the M25 Junc 19 and using it often I've not managed to predict it myself yet. Sometimes it is the best road in the world then it transforms to the biggest car park in the world. Just sit back and enjoy the surroundings it's good therapy. :)
     
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    when its running its great but like any motorway once it stops your stuck but while everyone else is stuck we can just put the kettle on
    avoid rush hours and saturday sunday afternoons and you should be fine
     
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    Kent is still as nice, there's only a couple of places to steer clear of! Best time to travel would be to hit Dartford after 2200 travelling down M11, M25 then M20 for South Kent or A2 towards Canterbury for North and East Kent.
    If you need any recommended visits in Kent, I know it quite well!
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    I always try and hit M25 VERY early mornings...........as others have already said, tunnel/bridge crossing is free, and the level of traffic is reduced to mainly lorries...........certainly the 'two junction racers', won't be about............
    Might well be worth getting down towards M11 during day, and parking up etc.....then going for it.

    Kent is almost as nice as Sussex :whistle::)
     
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    I would aim to get onto it about 10.30 11 am. Normally everyone who us going to work has got there. Good luck.
     
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