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Fifteen Minutes from the Boleyn 19 March 2015

During my recent reading of London Falling, I wondered how quickly someone might get from the Boleyn Ground at Upton Park to the M25.

As part of the GPS tracking project, I had already written code that could help find out; here's a shaded areas showing what's within a nominal fifteen minutes' travel from that spot.

15 minutes' travel from the Boleyn

It's not perfect - it uses routino to search for a route to the centre of each grid square (thus not particularly allowing for traffic), and if a main road only runs through the square and doesn't touch the centre it won't be filled in. Thus the gaps along the M11. It looks as though going straight out along the A13 would be the best bet (as far as I remember it's dual carriageway and minimal traffic lights all the way from Canning Town), with the A12, M11 and even the A10 as plausible alternatives, but the M1 is out of the question.

Tags: geodata

See also:
London Falling, Paul Cornell


  1. Posted by Ashley R Pollard at 09:33pm on 19 March 2015

    Agreed.

    But I'd still avoid the A12 and A13, because from personal experience every time I've driven them it has taken longer to get there than if I'd gone around the M25 the long way round from where I live.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 09:44pm on 19 March 2015

    When I was living just across from the Boleyn I'd do the same: unless I was specifically heading for somewhere that the A13 or A12 went to, I'd generally take the North Circular to the M11.

    Of course it's probably different in a police car with sirens and such.

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