On the road to…West Ham (one more time)
While I recognise that the whole point of me detailing my travels was to look at away games, I recall that the last home game I went to on the train saw me again use Upton Park rather than an alternative route. So, I figured “what the hell”, and decided that I would utilise this particular home game to detail an alternative to what might be expected to be “the usual route” to take. Does it help that this was another almighty top of the table clash for West Ham against Reading? Not really, given what eventually transpired.
Date: 31 March 2012
Stadium: Boleyn Ground
Away Section: Sir Trevor Brooking Stand
Score: West Ham United 2-4 Reading
Nearest station: Upton Park
Local Rozzers: Metropolitan Police
Total Travel Cost: £8.50 (2 x Oystercard PAYG Single, 1 x Anytime Day Single)
13:51 – New Cross to Canada Water (London Overground Class 378 Capitalstar)
Jubilee Line – Canada Water to Canning Town (1996 Stock)
Docklands Light Railway – Canning Town to Stratford International (B90 Stock)
18:03 – Stratford International to London St Pancras (Southeastern Class 395 Javelin)
Northern Line – Kings Cross St Pancras to Bank (1995 Stock)
18:40 – London Cannon Street to New Cross (Southeastern Class 465 Networker)
Station to Stadium: Obviously you’ll know by now that the Boleyn Ground is closest to Upton Park station. But, unlike some other stadia, there are others that are within walking distance, one of which is Canning Town. Once you have negotiated your way across the Canning Town roundabout and onto the Barking Road, once again it is a straight walk until you see the roof of the stadium in the distance. Be prepared though – it takes me a good half an hour to walk it.
Anything else?: Prior to 1994, Canning Town was a minor stop on the North London Line between Richmond and North Woolwich. Since then, it has been developed into a major transport interchange with a bus station, two DLR routes and the Jubilee Line Extension being constructed there.