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Are there any park and ride London schemes?

Although London’s one of the most congested areas of the country there’s no official Park and Ride London scheme in operation, but areas like Kensington have Park and Ride schemes that run during busy times of the year. Perhaps there’s no market for it in the nation’s capital because London is more than covered by bus routes and underground stations, although anyone who pays the daily congestion charge would argue against that.
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Congestion charges

If you’re travelling into central London by car, you’ll need to pay the congestion charge. The daily congestion zone is in operation between 7am and 6pm on week days. If you register for the Congestion Charge Auto Pay scheme, you won’t need to worry about covering the costs as you set up an account with Transport for London.

Kensington Park and Ride

The Kensington Park and Ride scheme only operates during the busy Christmas and New Year period, although there’s no service on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day. Visitors park their cars at Chessington World of Adventures on the A243 Leatherhead Road where they can pick up a bus every 10 minutes at peak times and take a 20 minute bus ride into the city. When Christmas time approaches check out kingston.gov.uk for more info.

Park and ride London

Although there are no official park and ride schemes, you may find that driving to a tube station, parking your car for the day and then using the tube to get around is a cheaper option than paying the congestion charge. Car parks outside of the most popular areas on the capital are also cheaper and train stations set up for commuters into the capital, for example Milton Keynes station, have safe and cheap car parking facilities which allow you to drive towards the capital and then take advantage of London’s great public transport system.

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