I have always loved trains and the excitement of arriving in London on the train. That change of pace when you get there. What I dislike however is having to stick to a train timetable. Being the one to rush off at breakfast after a reunion to catch that 10am train after a trip on the tube.
So this time I tried driving in. What I discovered was a range of advantages:
1) Most train stations have to be parked at with limited space
2) Having to book in advance means being at risk when plans change and having to commit money to a future month (future budget)
I also found the petrol money (Midlands to London) at least £20 less than what a train ticket would have cost.
All in all I have learnt that driving is a good idea….however prepare to be slightly traumatised should you dare. Cyclists trying to squeezes between double decker buses, cars and motorbikes undercutting you when you go with the flow of the traffic and don’t tailgate….oh and the Tom Tom which decides to let you ‘bear right’ when you need to be in the left lane round the corner.
My conclusion: For me freedom outweighs the hassle of the nightmarish last hour of the journey….maybe next time I’ll try parking outside inner london at a tube station and see if that is the best of both worls