Friday, June 02, 2006

Off to Bed

I've not been writing my blog tonight as I've been trying to work out the logistics of getting two small children to the Isle of Wight and remaining sane in the process (i.e. avoiding Central London). We are contemplating accepting an offer from our friends Emm and Nick to join their family for a bit of a holiday over there. It's not easy finding a route that avoids Central London (I don't fancy crossing London with bags and babies and pushchairs and toddlers... This is what I've come up with: the solution via Coventry of all places!

Outward Journey on Monday 19 June 2006

MILTON KEYNES CENTRAL dep 10:12
COVENTRY arr 10:44
Duration: 0:32

Wait at Coventry Station: 0:40

COVENTRY dep 11:24
SOUTHAMPTON CENTRAL arr 13:40
Duration: 2:16

Total Duration of Train Journey: 3:28

Distance from Train Station to Town Quay: 1.4 miles
Taxi Journey Time: 0:03
Journey on Foot: 0:15
Time to make change from Ferry to Station: 0:20 (or 0:50 for the 14:30 Ferry)

Ferry
SOUTHAMPTON TERMINAL 2 dep 14:00
EAST COWES arr 14:22 (14:55 for Passenger Vehicle Ferry Service)

TOTAL JOURNEY TIME: 4:12

Return Journey on Thursday 22 June 2006

EAST COWES dep 10:30
SOUTHAMPTON TERMINAL 2 arr 10:52 (11:25 for Passenger Vehicle Ferry Service)

Distance from Train Station to Town Quay: 1.4 miles
Taxi Journey Time: 0:03
Journey on Foot: 0:15
Time to make change from Ferry to Station: 0:23 (or 0:53 for the 10:00 Ferry)

SOUTHAMPTON CENTRAL dep 11:15
COVENTRY arr 13:22
Duration: 2:07

Wait at Coventry Station: 0:28

COVENTRY dep 13:50
MILTON KEYNES CENTRAL arr 14:22
Duration: 0:32

Total Duration of Train Journey: 3:07

TOTAL JOURNEY TIME: 3:52

Cost of Red Jet Hi-Speed Ferry Tickets (x2) £26.80
Cost of Passenger Vehicle Ferry Tickets (x2) £23.00
Cost of Saver Return Tickets (x2) to Coventry £28.60
Cost of Saver Return Tickets (x2) from Coventry to Southampton £104.20

Notes

If we travelled from Milton Keynes to Euston, Euston to Waterloo and Waterloo to Southampton the journey times would be 2:50 & 2:55 (so by avoiding Central London we are adding an additional 38 minutes onto the outward journey and 12 minutes on to the return journey).

However the cost from Milton Keynes to Southampton for two Saver Return Tickets is £99.20, so avoiding Central London would cost us an additional £33.60 (£15.30 each).

Total cost via Coventry = £159.62 (excluding taxis)
Total cost via London = £126.00 (excluding taxis)

We will have a big pram, carseat, bags, travel cot etc. etc. and a toddler. Do we attempt this for a couple of days on the beach?

Or hire a car?

I intend to sleep on it!

2 Comments:

At 9:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should go!

The train trip with just one change to Southampton sounds worth the extra cost! Would it be more stressfull by car? Pros n cons for either method.

Luv Dad

 
At 9:18 pm, Blogger Arcy_Dee said...

The car journey to Southampton is just over 2 hours and about £100 to rent for the four/five days (quite tempting). However, the ferry crossing with the car is an additional £84 so it would be a bit more pricey. However, we are seriously thinking about it - particularly as the car hire place will give you a courtesy lift to their office if you need it.

 

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