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Old July 31st, 2012, 04:56 PM   #1
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Commuting to Canary Wharf

Apologies if this is the wrong forum but I am looking for answers to these tw questions

1. I need to stay at Milton Keynes (MK) and work at canary Wharf (CW), is that even feasible?

2. If yes, then how long would be the best and the inexpensive commute respectively.
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Old July 31st, 2012, 05:19 PM   #2
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Well Trains from Milton Keynes Central to London Euston take 35 - 45 min. I would take the Northern Line to Bank from Euston, then change at Bank for the DLR to Canary Wharf, which takes 25 min OR take Victoria line from Euston to Green Park, change for the Jubilee to Canary Wharf, which takes about 28 min.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 12:41 AM   #3
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I've been commuting from MK for the last 10 years with an additional 30 minutes of car/tube/walking on either side of the journey. Personally, I quite enjoy it.

Maybe a few points to think about...

They've recently extended the peak-time window, so if you wanted to save money with off-peak tickets, there are huge restrictions on the hours you can travel.

A peak travelcard (zones 1-6) costs £132 per week from MK - I'm not sure what the monthly costs are at the moment but the savings aren't particularly significant, maybe £5 a week.

They removed high-speed Virgin services from typical commuting hours many years ago, so you're stuck with the slower trains on a typical 9-5:30 arrangement (45-50 minutes) - check out londonmidland.com, you can custom-build a timetable and see what's available against what you'd personally put up with.

I tend to catch the 6:43 back home, it's the first quick train out of Euston, arriving at MK a few minutes before 7:20. (yes, the timetable lies)

If you left from CW at 5:30 and caught the earliest train you could, you'd only get back 15 minutes sooner (catching the 6:13 London Midland service - which can be a particularly horrible ride during school holidays)

If you're not too used to the underground, the Victoria line from Euston can be unbelievably busy in rush hour and Bank station is utterly enormous and completely confusing for the first few goes. Saying that, it only takes a few weeks to work out what route works for you.

Good luck! hopefully you'll find it as fun as I do
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Old August 1st, 2012, 06:29 AM   #4
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thank You. This is most helpful.


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I've been commuting from MK for the last 10 years with an additional 30 minutes of car/tube/walking on either side of the journey. Personally, I quite enjoy it.

Maybe a few points to think about...

They've recently extended the peak-time window, so if you wanted to save money with off-peak tickets, there are huge restrictions on the hours you can travel.

A peak travelcard (zones 1-6) costs £132 per week from MK - I'm not sure what the monthly costs are at the moment but the savings aren't particularly significant, maybe £5 a week.

They removed high-speed Virgin services from typical commuting hours many years ago, so you're stuck with the slower trains on a typical 9-5:30 arrangement (45-50 minutes) - check out londonmidland.com, you can custom-build a timetable and see what's available against what you'd personally put up with.

I tend to catch the 6:43 back home, it's the first quick train out of Euston, arriving at MK a few minutes before 7:20. (yes, the timetable lies)

If you left from CW at 5:30 and caught the earliest train you could, you'd only get back 15 minutes sooner (catching the 6:13 London Midland service - which can be a particularly horrible ride during school holidays)

If you're not too used to the underground, the Victoria line from Euston can be unbelievably busy in rush hour and Bank station is utterly enormous and completely confusing for the first few goes. Saying that, it only takes a few weeks to work out what route works for you.

Good luck! hopefully you'll find it as fun as I do
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Old August 1st, 2012, 07:32 AM   #5
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I don't have any useful input but, all that sounds horribly depressing. Just saying.. :P
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 02:40 PM   #6
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I don't have any useful input but, all that sounds horribly depressing. Just saying.. :P
Hi. I actually moved and am surprisingly enjoying my commute on the MK- Canary Wharf line. It is something like this:
Milton Keynes->Euston->Bank-> Canary Wharf.
Travel time ranges from 1hr 10mins to 1hr 45mins.

However the arrangement is really expensive. The monthly pass is costing 506Pounds and I really could not find anything less expensive.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 10:43 AM   #7
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You know, sometimes empolyers will pay for travel to work if you ask them nicely.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 11:26 AM   #8
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However the arrangement is really expensive. The monthly pass is costing 506Pounds and I really could not find anything less expensive.
Move to London, then.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 01:55 PM   #9
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Or at least the suburbs, personally I've never understood why anyone would work in one town and live in another.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 09:40 AM   #10
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Or at least the suburbs, personally I've never understood why anyone would work in one town and live in another.
1: House Prices/negative equity 2: Employment location of spouse or significant other 3: Continuity of children's education 4: Dependent relatives/caring responsibilities 5: Home town links 6: Likes trains.7: Living with parents.8: Temporary/Contract Employment. Hope this helps
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