traveling to dover

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  1. JohnM

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    A friend of ours from east midlands, recons that if i use m6 toll and on to m42 then m40 ,would be a good alternative to avoid the Dartford crossing on route to ferry. ps we will be traveling from central Scotland
    any advice welcome.
    JohnM
     
  2. Barclaybasher

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    M6 toll will cost much more than Dartford Crossing

    Why not use Dartford Crossing at night, quieter, no charge
     
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    Well I personally would also miss the M6 toll as well,
    Try and advoid the M25 near m4/m3 between 1500/1900 and you should have a easy run, just continue straight onto the M26 then M20 and its plain sailing to Dover,
     
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    Why do you want to avoid Dartford? The most you can possibly pay for it is £2.50 and it can be less than that without much difficulty. It really isn't worth bothering with elaborate detours.
     
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    Thanks for that only reason i use m6 toll is cc discount
     
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    If you are coming down the M6 stay on and go down M5, then M42 and M40,,, Then anticlock around the M25..
    No need for the toll unless you want to save some time, however it can catch you out as they often have holdup's at the far end where it joins the M42 and passing the NEC can be a pain..
    I live almost on top of the M6 / M6TOLL junction and do this journey many times..
    You may get some slow traffic by junction 10, it's a bit hit and miss at the moment as they still have roadworks on.
     
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    Thanks Tonka i hope to make an overnight stay around the Birmingham area and leave sun 17th may at around 0800.Would this idea sound ok.We have made the journey eight times before but not using this route.
    John.
     
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    Hey hope you and Joyce have a wonderful time away, hope to catch up with you again some time. :)
     
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    Nice van hope you have many enjoyable journeys.
    John
     
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    From Central Scotland I would come South on M74, M6 and across to A1 Scotch corner, South on A1 to Peterborough, then A14, M11, M25 and M20 to Dover.
    The southbound Dartford crossing is no problem now with the auto toll system. I use it two or three times a week, different days and times and so far all crossings have been trouble free. Northbound still needs the roadworks to finish, probably another two months. M25 around M40 to A3 is a pain nearly all the time.
     
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    If any use.
    Jn 11 on the M6 there is a pub, only 2 mins. Wheatsheaf.. They allow free motorhome parking and do some pub food deals....
     
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    Thanks Tonka that sounds like a plan.
     
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    I nearly fainted when I came down the M6 Toll and got caught for a load more than I thought because I had a trailer on the back of the car. £12 i think especially as at that time of the night the proper road would be free running. Dearer than the french autoroutes?
     
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    Hi.
    The way you know,is always quickest ?... Me? i would come Zains Tops way. That is not saying the other suggestions are wrong.
    Tea Bag
    PS. M6,turn off at Penrith,nearly all dual carr. now to S/Corner
     
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    M25 very quiet on a sunday past Heathrow so dont think you will have any hold ups. I go that way for Newhaven Dieppe ferry which i find more economical and less mileage when heading for Spain rather than using Dover. BUSBY.
     
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    Agree with Tonka,re route M5/M42/M40 and Wheatsheaf off jct 11 good choice, you also could try Tumbledown farm if you come off jct 12, and go towards Cannock,then get back on at jct11.Would suggest 5.00am restart from this area should get into Dover without much hassle by 9.00am.
     
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    The dartford crossing is no worse than the Kingston or forth road bridges at peak times
     
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    Strongly dislike tolls, I also live in central Scotland when I am going to France I don't think the Dartford crossing at a max of £2.50 is worth worrying about. How much does that work out over the length of the trip?
     
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    I wish I had your problem . we have got to stay here. happy travels
     
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    Even on sundays in the evenings!:cry:
     
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