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Default West London today, how was it for you?

Just wondering what the Hammersmith area was like today (particularly in the
morning and evening rush hours).

I went into London, leaving Slough just before 12:50pm. Cut up the back
roads around Wexham, and then up the A412 onto the A40. No problems so far.
Fine all the way into London, with only a minor amount of queuing over the
Marylebone flyover. Then up to King's Cross, up Grays Inn Road, and up to
Holborn for my first delivery. Then up Holborn, Shaftesbury Avenue, Wardour
St, Noel St/Great Marlborough St and Regent St and over to Hanover St for
the 2nd drop. Then out via Grosvenor Square to Park Lane, through Victoria,
and out towards Lambeth for another drop, and then out to Parsons Green (via
Lambeth Bridge and the Embankment) for the final drop.

Embankment was flowing absolutely fine up to King's Road, where I turned off
(ok so it's not the Embankment anymore, but still the same route) - I would
have expected big tailbacks as this is the main route out to the A4 from
City/Westminster/Docklands, but up to that point, it was all fine.

Going over the M25 on the A412 heading up towards Denham it was flowing
absolutely fine heading North (but absolutely chocka the other way mind
you).

Then heading out of town, I went via Putney Bridge, Lower Richmond Road,
through Barnes/Mortlake, out via Chiswick Bridge, and onto the A4 via Grove
Park. Everything seemed fine there as well, with no hold-ups on the way.
The M4 was flowing fine all the way in, and looking to the right as I turned
left onto the A4 it looked fine as far as I could see as well, which means
at the worst it was tailing back to just beyond the Hogarth Roundabout.

Sounds like they picked a good time of the year to do it really.

Peter



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AstraVanMan writes
Just wondering what the Hammersmith area was like today (particularly in the
morning and evening rush hours).


Sounds like they picked a good time of the year to do it really.


This morning my flatmate joined the A4 at Barons Court and drove toward
the flyover about 8.30-8.45am. He was detoured with other traffic down
through Queen Caroline Street (or whatever the southern bit of
Hammersmith Broadway is called) and back on to the A4 after Hammersmith
up to the Hogarth Roundabout. Said it was very quiet and free moving,
and the same coming back this evening around 7.30pm.

My guess is everyone else was avoiding the area.

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Default West London today, how was it for you?

Just wondering what the Hammersmith area was like today (particularly in
the
morning and evening rush hours).


Sounds like they picked a good time of the year to do it really.


This morning my flatmate joined the A4 at Barons Court and drove toward
the flyover about 8.30-8.45am. He was detoured with other traffic down
through Queen Caroline Street (or whatever the southern bit of
Hammersmith Broadway is called) and back on to the A4 after Hammersmith
up to the Hogarth Roundabout. Said it was very quiet and free moving,
and the same coming back this evening around 7.30pm.

My guess is everyone else was avoiding the area.


Interesting. My view is that it'll only take a handful of people to tell a
few of their friends (and for the word to be passed around) that it really
wasn't that bad at all, and before you know it, loads of people will be
jamming the area.

Peter


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Default West London today, how was it for you?

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AstraVanMan writes

Interesting. My view is that it'll only take a handful of people to tell a
few of their friends (and for the word to be passed around) that it really
wasn't that bad at all, and before you know it, loads of people will be
jamming the area.


And before you knew it, they already were.

It was hell getting back today, he says, with solid queues all the way
from Chiswick roundabout through Hammersmith.

The outward journey this morning was apparently still not too bad.

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Default West London today, how was it for you?

Interesting. My view is that it'll only take a handful of people to tell
a
few of their friends (and for the word to be passed around) that it

really
wasn't that bad at all, and before you know it, loads of people will be
jamming the area.


And before you knew it, they already were.

It was hell getting back today, he says, with solid queues all the way
from Chiswick roundabout through Hammersmith.


Was that along the A315 or the A4?

I was delivering in London late in the afternoon - got to Chiswick (just off
Sutton Court Road north of the A4) at 5:25pm, and had no problems whatsoever
coming in from the M4. The A4 looked clear as far as I could see Eastbound.
I then had deliveries at Vauxhall Cross and Southwark Bridge Road, and went
via Grove Park/Chiswick Bridge/Mortlake/Barnes/Putney Bridge/New Kings
Road/Embankment, instead of risking the A4. Sounds like I made the right
choice. Also quite chuffed in that I got from Southwark Bridge Road to
Edgware in 45 minutes.

Peter




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