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austinallegro Oct 18th 2012 2:56 am

London Portsmouth commute
 
My wife has a business trip that will take her to central London next week for a few days and then Portsmouth for a few days.

Rather than change hotels she's hoping to stay the entire time in one hotel in London and commute down to Portsmouth from London.

Has anyone on this forum done the commute on this route? I'm wondering how long it would take and if the trip during rush hour is feasible. She's never driven in the UK and is definitely against car hire.

She'd need to get from London to Portsmouth in time for meetings beginning 9am or 10am each day.

p.s. The SouthWest trains website is down for maintenance right now so I'm going for Human based knowledge.

Thanks.

bats Oct 18th 2012 3:01 am

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 

Originally Posted by austinallegro (Post 10336483)
My wife has a business trip that will take her to central London next week for a few days and then Portsmouth for a few days.

Rather than change hotels she's hoping to stay the entire time in one hotel in London and commute down to Portsmouth from London.

Has anyone on this forum done the commute on this route? I'm wondering how long it would take and if the trip during rush hour is feasible. She's never driven in the UK and is definitely against car hire.

She'd need to get from London to Portsmouth in time for meetings beginning 9am or 10am each day.

p.s. The SouthWest trains website is down for maintenance right now so I'm going for Human based knowledge.

Thanks.

But National Rail Enquiries are not
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

austinallegro Oct 18th 2012 3:08 am

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 
Thanks. That was handy. It's over 2 hours with no delays. I think she'll have to bite the bullet and change hotels.

Thanks again.

magnumpi Oct 18th 2012 3:29 am

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 

Originally Posted by austinallegro (Post 10336496)
Thanks. That was handy. It's over 2 hours with no delays. I think she'll have to bite the bullet and change hotels.

Thanks again.

I would move hotels..

Its not hard to relocate and the extra sleep and chill out time will be well worth it. We used to always change hotels if working out of London. I know i was in a car but the traffic is so unpredictable in rush the hour, its not worth the risk.

Oink Oct 18th 2012 3:50 am

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 
Tell her to get a B&B and then she can go out on the piss.

Driscoll Family Oct 18th 2012 9:27 am

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 
I do this journey by car and can take 2 hours or sometime up to 3 &1/2 and that is not in rush hour. Driving in London is hard core if you not used to it and parking is even harder.
My mother take the train for 1.45 min fro Portsmouth to Waterloo, which is straight forward and no changes needed.
I would stay in London.
Safe Journey what ever you choice

Silverdragon102 Oct 18th 2012 11:25 am

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 
Portsmouth isn't that bad and plenty to do with a good shopping centre. Lived there for a year before coming to Canada

Alex2201 Oct 18th 2012 4:02 pm

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 

Originally Posted by Silverdragon102 (Post 10337138)
Portsmouth isn't that bad and plenty to do with a good shopping centre. Lived there for a year before coming to Canada

+1 Stay in Pompey. My ex Mrs was from there and we used to live in Southampton. Portsmouth is a different experience from London so she should make the most of it and see some of the city and surrounding area.

ultrarunner Oct 18th 2012 4:09 pm

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 

Originally Posted by Alex2201 (Post 10337600)
+1 Stay in Pompey. My ex Mrs was from there and we used to live in Southampton. Portsmouth is a different experience from London so she should make the most of it and see some of the city and surrounding area.

Love Pompey to bits....can't say that about many places outside London ;)

Alex2201 Oct 18th 2012 4:17 pm

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 

Originally Posted by ultrarunner (Post 10337612)
Love Pompey to bits....can't say that about many places outside London ;)

???? errrr.... most of it outside of London lol

Were you one of the squaddie / sailor boys causing mayhem down Guildhall walk every weekend lol :rofl:

dbd33 Oct 18th 2012 4:42 pm

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 

Originally Posted by Alex2201 (Post 10337631)
???? errrr.... most of it outside of London lol

Were you one of the squaddie / sailor boys causing mayhem down Guildhall walk every weekend lol :rofl:

I think he means there aren't many lovable places outside London. That's not very Canadian.

ultrarunner Oct 18th 2012 4:48 pm

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 

Originally Posted by Alex2201 (Post 10337631)
???? errrr.... most of it outside of London lol

Were you one of the squaddie / sailor boys causing mayhem down Guildhall walk every weekend lol :rofl:


Should have read....most other places outside London. I had many a wicked time in Portsmouth during uni days

austinallegro Oct 18th 2012 6:16 pm

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 
Thanks for the replies. In the end my dearly beloved chose staying in one nice hotel in London for the entire time and had the meetings moved to the Basingstoke office.

Next time the whole family goes over we'll do Portsmouth and Southampton too.

Alex2201 Oct 18th 2012 7:06 pm

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 

Originally Posted by austinallegro (Post 10337809)
Thanks for the replies. In the end my dearly beloved chose staying in one nice hotel in London for the entire time and had the meetings moved to the Basingstoke office.

Next time the whole family goes over we'll do Portsmouth and Southampton too.

Basingstoke??? Hampshire's answer to a North American town. She will feel much more at home there. Soulless and dull.

blubin Oct 24th 2012 1:42 pm

Re: London Portsmouth commute
 
Portsmouth is a shithole.


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