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 Post subject: Crossing the UK twice. Do I need pounds?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:04 am 
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Hi all,

This summer we will be visiting Ireland with the PHEV + caravan. We will be taking the 'Land Bridge' (take boat from Hoek van Holland to Harwich, spend one night on the East coast, one night on the West coast and then take boat from Fishgaurd to Rosslare). After spending a few weeks in Ireland we will follow the same route back home. We are very much looking forward to spending some time in the UK and Ireland.

We were discussing whether we needed to bring UK Pounds on our trip. I thought we wouldn't need to do that (having a bank card and a credit card), but is this true?

Any other tips for driving or camping would be highly appreciated. Apart from stying on the left side of the road ;-)

Thanks, Anko


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 Post subject: Re: Crossing the UK twice. Do I need pounds?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:34 pm 
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Let me see, you will be crossing this year, so you won't need to buy a double entry visa yet. :lol:

Seriously, just get coffee money from the ATM on the ferry. Personally I hate travelling without some ready cash in my pocket.

There are a couple of charging points on the Hoek van Holland ferry, You need to request on checking in, it is on a first-come-first-served basis and they are on the rear of the ship.

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 Post subject: Re: Crossing the UK twice. Do I need pounds?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:21 am 
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You should also find that shops accept Euros.


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 Post subject: Re: Crossing the UK twice. Do I need pounds?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:49 am 
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Fuel can be paid for by credit card. Supermarkets e.g. Tesco / ASDA / Sainsburys / Morrisons usually cheaper than main garages.

Also, not all supermarkets are equal ASDA at Ipswich is cheaper than TESCO at Stowmarket

All the supermarkets have coffee shops and the COSTA's etc and motorway services all take credit cards.

When are you crossing into/out via Harwich?


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 Post subject: Re: Crossing the UK twice. Do I need pounds?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:03 am 
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Forgot to mention.
I assume that you will be heading west on the A14. They are currently upgrading the road to the north of Cambridge. There are currently something like 14 miles of 40 mph averaging speed restrictions. Depending on the time of day the tail backs can be several miles.
Instead of heading up to Huntingdon from Cambridge you can always continue on the A428 and either turn right at Caxton Gibbet roundabout to head up to Godmanchester via the Papworth bypass or continue along the A428 and join the A1 at the other end before then turning northbound and then re-joining the A14 westbound. You will still have some of the road works to contend with from Milton (A10) to the turn off for Huntingdon.

At the M1/M6 end of the A14 the junction has been completely remodelled so unless your satnav has been recently updated follow the signs on the road and not the satnav.

There are I think 4 charge points on the ferry, 2 at the front and 2 at the rear. The last time I used it meant that I was the last vehicle to board and the last to disembark which then means you are at the back of the queue for passport control at Harwich. I also had to turn the car round so that I could plug it in as the lead would not reach otherwise.

On balance if you are towing a caravan you are not going to get very far on a charge so it is worth the possible delay.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:19 am 
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Thanks to all for the responses so far!

Dusz wrote:
I assume that you will be heading west on the A14.
Indeed, we will be. So, very useful info! It will be on a Saturday. Still worth taking the detour?


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 Post subject: Re: Crossing the UK twice. Do I need pounds?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:40 am 
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Not too sure about a Saturday. I would hope that it would not be quite as busy as during the week.

If I am on business trips its normally weekday mornings and evenings, and when visiting family in Nottingham it is Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Sunday afternoons can be busy on the A14 as it feeds into the top of the M11 with people retuning to London having been to their weekend homes in the country. Well, for some anyway.


When towing you will be restricted to a max 60 mph on A roads and motorways anyway so it is just being stuck in the stop/start traffic. But you have similar in the Netherlands so you should be fairly used to it. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Crossing the UK twice. Do I need pounds?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:25 pm 
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Shops in the UK do not take euro generally. For a drive through the country - hotel, petrol, services etc they will all take credit cards. I wouldn’t bother charging en route.
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 Post subject: Re: Crossing the UK twice. Do I need pounds?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:08 pm 
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My experience too. But I feel a bit silly paying with a credit card for a packet of Maltesers.

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 Post subject: Re: Crossing the UK twice. Do I need pounds?
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The only insuperable issues I can think of associated with having absolutely no cash on you are parking and road/bridge tolls. A lot (most?) car parks do not take credit cards for payment and many toll bridges don't either. I don't think there will be any tolls on your route and you can avoid parking fees if you don't stop, but it could be inconvenient.


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