transport troubles

A new section of the MEHSTG site specifically designed to update you on all the match-day travel options when trying to get to White Hart Lane.

CAR 

Road-works will be scheduled by the authorities responsible for the main roads around the ground on match-days to cause the utmost disruption to travelling fans.

Any works involving resurfacing, street sweeping, gas main work, verge cutting, tree-trimming or coning carriageways off for no apparent reason will be carried out specifically timed to coincide with pre- and post-match hours.

This will not be confined to the vicinity of the ground itself, but will conveniently include the M25, which always has lanes closed off after evening games and to make sure that those fans who travel a long distance to games don't feel left out, local diversions in your home town will make sure that you do not arrive home until hours after the game has finished.

If you are brave enough to take your car to the game, you will find the local Council traffic enforcement officers prowling the streets to catch you should you park in a Controlled Parking Zone and even the kids won't look after your car for a fiver.  You can choose to park in the 10-20 car parks that spring up on any piece of open land (even if the attendants don't own it) or far enough away to burn off any in ground catering you choose to consume (see pedestrians).  Finding a street parking place on match day can be hard enough, but the traffic control on the main roads leading away from the ground (and some of the smaller roads) will leave you stuck in jams for long periods of time, ensuring that the environment is destroyed considerably more than before the game.

 

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Buses will be on match-day diversion.

No indication of this will be provided at bus stops near the stadium, thus leaving supporters standing at the bus stop for a considerable time until the traffic has cleared enough for busses to resume their normal routes.

Buses on diversion will provide travellers with an unexpected detour on a scenic route of the more desperate parts of North London, leaving you a fair walk from the ground when the buses passes at the nearest point to White Hart Lane (see pedestrians).

 

RAIL

Trains on match-days will be reduced to a Sunday service at short notice.  Alternatively, works on the lines serving White Hart Lane or Northumberland Park will be set to take place on days when there are matches at the ground.  After the game, trains may stop randomly at stations along the line and cause you immense inconvenience in getting to the station you actually require. 

All trains that will actually be running will consist of eight coaches for an hour before the match and an hour after the match finishes.  On whose clock these timings take place is a mater for the railway companies to decide.  In the event of rain or cold, the trains will shrink to an appropriate number of carriages that will mean that passengers will be squeezed in to make the journey as uncomfortable as possible.

There will be the odd buffet trolley on trains from Northumberland Park once in a blue moon, when a Stansted Express train is stopped to allow football fans on to mix with the hoi-poloi of continental Europe, who are seeking a plane home.  Unfortunately, the down side of being able to buy an over-priced curled up sandwich and a cup of brown hot watery stuff (sounds like in stadium catering) is that you will inevitably have to stand all the way to Stansted among the suitcases in the aisles or on the seats.

 

AIR 

Flights that will ensure you reach your destination airport in time to get your connections will inevitably be delayed.

Alternatively, these could be diverted to another airport other than Stansted, leaving you a journey across South-East England to even have a hope of reaching the stadium in time. 

Having said that the planes coming into Stansted are often as frequent as tubes/buses/trains (delete as inappropriate).

 

UNDERGROUND

Trains on the Victoria line will be disrupted by works on the line whenever Tottenham are playing at home.

This can be at weekends and evenings, so unless Spurs start kicking off their games at 2:00 p.m. on a weekday, the journey from central London to N17 will not be an easy one on the light blue tube line. 

Not that the tube takes you close to the ground anyway and they are always packed as you get close to kick off time.

 

  CYCLISTS

Any supporter who gets on his or her bike to the game is a brave individual indeed.

As well as battling with the car traffic (see car) and the pedestrians (see pedestrians), who will flood the road pre- and post-game, you will need to find somewhere to secure your bicycle while in the ground.  Lamp-posts are not the ideal location, as many are insecure themselves.  Railings are usually missing a rail or two, thus it is quite familiar to see one wheel or a cycle lock hanging from what seemed like a good place to lock your bike up to.

 

  SCOOTERS

This is not Italy nor 1965.

If there are any Mods coming to games at White Hart Lane, you are advised to always check in your rear mirrors before parking your vehicle.  By the time you have done this the game will be over and you will not have to worry about the security of your Vespa.

 

  PEDESTRIANS

Anyone walking to the ground is taking the easy route as you just follow the crowd.  However, this is not always the case, as once we were leaving the ground after a morning Boxing Day kick off only to pass some West Ham fans walking to the ground against the flow of humanity.

While this is a fairly unhindered means of transport to the ground, although you will have to use one of the above to get even close to the Lane, there are still some obstacles to overcome.  Uneven pavements; crowds waiting to get into pubs, chip shops, kebab shops, queuing at ATMs, etc; people handing out leaflets that you don't want; dodging horse manure dropped on the road; police stopping you for having a rucksack, etc.

 

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