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I will travelling with a motor transfer service from London -Victoria Sta. area to the Dover cruise terminal. I plan on stopping in Canturbury for 1-1/2 hrs. I need to plan my departure time so I need to know the type of road/traffic there is for my trip. The time will be mid morning on a Saturday.

The transfer co. says it takes about 1-1/2 hrs to go the 40 miles to Canturbury and 40 min to go the last 20 miles.

What can anyone tell me about this trip, type of road/traffic time for the trip, etc. If it takes as long as the transfer co. says, it must be a busy slow road.

Thanks, Rick
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By mid morning on a Saturday, the weekend traffic will be starting to build up. For the first 10 miles or so from Victoria, you will be in city traffic, averaging perhaps 15 mph, 10 mph if it's busy. Then you will get out on to the A2 and M2 for the remainder of the trip - both of them are dual carriagways (divided highways) with two or three lanes in each direction, with speed limits of 50 and 70 mph in different places. These roads should move quickly. It's actually about 60 miles to Canterbury, so an hour and a half for that is about right, slightly more if it's busy in town (or busy in Canterbury).

You should be able to do the last 20 miles to Dover in about half an hour or so - most of it is back on the fast dual carriageways. You have to remember that it doesn't take much extra traffic in any of the towns to suddenly add 10 minutes to your trip at any particular point.
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As globaliser says the majority of the roads are motorways and the timing is about right.

British roads are really unlike american roads and can be very congested

contrary to american public opinion the U.K. is really quite small and I know from personal experience it does surprise some american visitors that we can drive across the country from east to west in less than three hours in some areas of the country (Liverpool to Hull)for example.

The roads in and out of central london are very busy at times


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as my fellow Brits have said those timings are about right.

You don't know how difficult it is to get 3 Brits to all agree on the route/timings from one place to another, this is something of a first. [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]


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