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How much time should I budget for possible train delay?

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By Traveller January 3, 2019
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How much time should I budget for possible train delay?

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By Matt Traveller January 3, 2019

I will be in the UK for a holiday. I'm booking tickets for the Harry Potter Studio and will be taking the tube from Marble Arch to Euston and then taking the overland from Euston to Watford Junction. Not a long journey, journey planner put it as under 1 hour in total. But I don't want to miss my timing for the studio entry. Thanks!

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Second the motion to use City mapper app. It is fairly accurate and includes the walking time. It also gives info on whether there are any delays. However, because you’re not familiar with the route, add 15 mins to whatever the app says so you have a buffer if you happen to lose your way.
Local January 3, 2019
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Thanks, and appreciate the tip on the city mapper!
An hour should be fine. If you have a smart phone download the city mapper app and it will give you accurate timings for any trips you may take in London.
Local January 3, 2019
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Thanks and didn't know about the city mapper!
Hi Matt,

TFL journey planner puts it at between 31-40min depending on a time of day as far as I can see. In that case I would say an hour should be fine.
Please check for any engineering works especially if you are traveling on a weekend though!

Hope that helps.
Dominika

Hope that helps!
Dominika
Local January 3, 2019
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Will go for the hour, perhaps pad it up a bit just in case! Thanks.
I’d allow 20-30 minutes, but also remember to factor in any time it will take to walk to and from the station at each end. Delays vary depending on time of day. Usually they are pretty much on time, but not always.
K
Local January 3, 2019
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Appreciate the thought about the walk to and from station too thanks!
How long is a piece of string! Unfortunately delays are unpredictable. However, the Overground runs pretty well. I’d say aim to be there about half an hour before. But check how the trains are running that morning on the TFL website. You can also take an overland train (West Midlands from Euston), they are 17-21 minutes.
Hope that helps, enjoy!
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Local January 3, 2019
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Good to hear that about the Overground. and will check the TFL site. thanks.
it depends what time you need to get there. Anywhere between 430 and 730 pm I would leave a good half hour if not an hour. Outside of those times you should be okay to trust Citymapper
Traveller January 3, 2019
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thanks for the tip and the timing!
As sometime things happened ie train fault I would recommend to head there earlier maybe grab a bite or something before so you know you won’t miss the show. The tube are usually on time.
Local January 3, 2019
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True, there will be things to see there or a meal to grab when i'm early. Thanks!
I wouldn't worry too much about delays to Watford Junction, just aim to get the speedier train (20 minutes, instead of 40+). It's difficult to predict delays, but that route is usually absolutely fine.
Local January 3, 2019
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Thanks and yes will make sure we board the right train!
Give yourself 1.5 hours. No more. And check the tfl.gov.uk website. There’s plenty to look at before going into the tour so you could really get there an hour earlier. Hope that helps
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Local January 3, 2019
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Yes, will do that. thanks so much