Friday, 19 October 2012

Travel update!


Some of you may have heard already that the Tube station closest to the hill is going to be closed on the weekend of Hogtoberfest. This is a big pain, but there are ways around it!



If you’re coming via train, and you have either an oyster card or a travelcard for London, then I’d recommend you get a National Rail train to Romford station, and then get the 247 bus to the hill.

Advantages: The bus stop is right next to the hill, a lot closer than the closest train station

Disadvantages: Romford is not the nicest place to get lost/spend your weekend.

To do this, get to Liverpool Street station, or Stratford station. Get the Greater Anglia service to Shenfield, calling at Romford. From Liverpool Street, this should take 26 minutes.

When you get to Romford, exit the station and turn right to get to the bus stops, you want bus stop V for the 247, towards Barkingside. 



The stop closest to the hill is Forest Road bus stop.  You’ll know you’re nearly there when you pass a mini roundabout, then there will be a large sign for a golf course on the right. The stop is at the top of a hill with woods on both sides. The journey should take about 20 minutes. It might be worth asking the bus driver if they can tell you when you get to that stop if you’re still unsure.

When you get off the bus, carry on straight ahead and take the first road on your left, Forest Road. About 300 metres down the road is the entrance to the centre.

If you’re coming from a more local place, or don’t fancy this route, you can still go to Leytonstone station and catch a rail replacement bus service.

Advantages: There will probably be lots of Tfl staff to tell you where to go

Disadvantages: You will have to switch to another bus at Newbury Park station, and that the next bus will still only drop you at Fairlop station, a good mile and a half away from the hill.

There are various other ways of getting to the track, but really I’d recommend the first way, if only because it has the least distance between modes of transport.

If anyone has any more specific questions, post them on the facebook group and I’ll do my best to answer them with my local knowledge powers!

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