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On the road to…Peterborough (finally)

Posted in Great Britain, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 28 March 2012

For those that are regular readers, you may remember the plan I had at the beginning of February to continue my tour of the country by taking a trip up to the wilds of Cambridgeshire. You may also remember that the freezing weather put paid to that little adventure. But, the full league programme has to be completed, and so I have, albeit later than I expected, managed to get myself to Peterborough United.

Date: 27th March 2012
Stadium: London Road
Capacity: 15,314
Attendance: 13,517
Away Section: Moy’s End
Score: Peterborough United 0-2 West Ham United
Nearest station: Peterborough
Local rozzers: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Total Travel Cost: £35.40p (1 x Off-Peak Day Single; 1 x Advance Single)

Rail journeys:
Piccadilly LineSouth Kensington to Kings Cross St Pancras (1973 Stock)
17:14 – London Kings Cross to Peterborough (First Capital Connect Class 365 Networker Express)
22:16 – Peterborough to London Kings Cross (East Coast InterCity 225 Mallard)
Northern Line – Kings Cross St Pancras to London Bridge (1995 Stock)
23:41: London Bridge to New Cross (Southeastern Class 465/466 Networker)

Station to Stadium: London Road is another of those grounds that is in the city centre, but is what might be termed a “brisk walk” from the railway station. Fortunately, it is quite hard to miss as the floodlights dominate the skyline. You can either follow the dual carriageway of the A15, which passes by the railway station and also runs as the actual “London Road” (from which the stadium takes its name), or else go into the city centre and essentially turn right. Either way should take you 15-20 minutes.

Anything else?: Direct trains from Peterborough will take you to termini of most of the major rail routes in Britain – Edinburgh Waverley, Leeds and London Kings Cross on the East Coast Main Line; Norwich on the Great Eastern Main Line; Nottingham and Sheffield on the Midland Main Line; Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly on the West Coast Main Line.

Peterborough railway station

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  1. Claire said, on 28 March 2012 at 10:57 am

    Is London Road stadium a cute little stadium?

    I like the way you introduce all your ‘On the road to…’ entries, btw – you set the scene nicely and it’s usually slighty amusing and personal/chatty. 🙂

    Did you ever get your rail fare refund for last month’s attempt at this?

    • Chairman Pip said, on 28 March 2012 at 11:14 am

      I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a cute little stadium. An old, worn out little stadium is perhaps closer to reality. Apparently the terrace I was on will be demolished at the end of this season to make way for a new seated stand. That will certainly see an improvement in the facilities – an example; the urinal in the toilet was basically a trench dug in the concrete that led to the outlet, rather than a nice metal/ceramic installation.

  2. curvylou said, on 28 March 2012 at 11:15 am

    Have to admit this is my favourite so far…..wonder why?


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