Good spots on the MML between Bedford and North London?

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Seen on Facebook by EMR that St Pancras are not letting people on the platform for the HST unless they have a ticket to travel and the train is ready to board. Not taking my chances with a platform ticket...

...soooo...

What spots would you recommend between North London (Luton area) and North Bedford (as far as Sharnbrook) ?

Trainspots and google maps are making it difficult. Trainspots doesnt have many decent places by the looks of it, and Google Maps streetside does not have the OHLE.

New Road nr Radwell looks ok on streetside but there are wires on the satelite version...

- so does anyone have any recommendations? I'll be driving , so ideally looking outside of the main london area.

Pics would also be appreciated.

(I take it the EMR 43 is out saturday, if not then i can just keep this post for reference)
 
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A bit late for the last HST, but I use a bridge at Radlett Junction by an industrial estate, good view both directions.
Benningfield Drive, London Colney


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very quiet, occasional dog walker or angler going to the pond.
 

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A bit late for the last HST, but I use a bridge at Radlett Junction by an industrial estate, good view both directions.
Benningfield Drive, London Colney


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very quiet, occasional dog walker or angler going to the pond.
Did you access this bridge from the industrial estate at Colney Street on the A5183 (old A5) or use the bridleway from London Colney, which is rather further?
 

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Talking of spotting difficulties also be careful where you park your car. There is more and more Automatic Number Plate Recognition being used. My local station at South Croydon now has it and so the largely empty car park is no use for a bit of spotting while protected from the weather. You might find the same happens if you are in an out-of-town store car park for too long (I think Tesco is 4 hours). Also an industrial estate might start enforcing private parking that way. First you know is when a letter arrives through your door.

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Talking of spotting difficulties also be careful where you park your car. There is more and more Automatic Number Plate Recognition being used. My local station at South Croydon now has it and so the largely empty car park is no use for a bit of spotting while protected from the weather. You might find the same happens if you are in an out-of-town store car park for too long (I think Tesco is 4 hours). Also an industrial estate might start enforcing private parking that way. First you know is when a letter arrives through your door.

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Parking "Mismanagement", whatever you do don't ask someone to come pick you up and the train you were catching gets delayed en-route so they go over the "free" time allowed to sit in the car when waiting for the delayed train to arrive.

Makes it more a hassle for people to pay for parking, so they might decide not to bother.

(I.e. having to install the correct App, hoping you have mobile signal [and data] to process the payment, and hoping that the parking parasite doesn't have a systems issue and fails to log your payment correctly, for those stations which have gone away with P&D machines and the ability to buy via the TVM)
 
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Parking "Mismanagement", whatever you do don't ask someone to come pick you up and the train you were catching gets delayed en-route so they go over the "free" time allowed to sit in the car when waiting for the delayed train to arrive.

Makes it more a hassle for people to pay for parking, so they might decide not to bother.
Makes the car driver consider taking the passenger to & from wherever they wanted to go as it is less risk !.
 

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Did you access this bridge from the industrial estate at Colney Street on the A5183 (old A5) or use the bridleway from London Colney, which is rather further?
If you enter the industrial estate (public road), the bridge is a gravel road (but neither private nor restricted access), you can drive over the bridge, and park just down the side of it.
 

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Talking of spotting difficulties also be careful where you park your car. There is more and more Automatic Number Plate Recognition being used. My local station at South Croydon now has it and so the largely empty car park is no use for a bit of spotting while protected from the weather. You might find the same happens if you are in an out-of-town store car park for too long (I think Tesco is 4 hours). Also an industrial estate might start enforcing private parking that way. First you know is when a letter arrives through your door.

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I park on hurst road, stand on the footbridge.
No ANPR there.

I do recommend two bridges on this line, at Star Lane, Hooley (uphill from London).. you can drive in / turn around, again its a gravel road, mainly used by walkers going to the forest, the other being Jolliffe rd, Merstham (Uphill towards London).

Both are above views, Hooley is probably a candidate for one of the steepest railway cuttings in the country.

no problems with parking at either, and both are quite solitary locations.
 

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I park on hurst road, stand on the footbridge.
No ANPR there.

I do recommend two bridges on this line, at Star Lane, Hooley (uphill from London).. you can drive in / turn around, again its a gravel road, mainly used by walkers going to the forest, the other being Jolliffe rd, Merstham (Uphill towards London).

Both are above views, Hooley is probably a candidate for one of the steepest railway cuttings in the country.

no problems with parking at either, and both are quite solitary locations.
Oh yes I have been to Hooley - it is deep ans steep !.

Yes, I have parked in Hurst Road. My residents "W" permit even covers this far South and Central !. Trouble is the foot bridge is a bit draughty in the winter !.
 
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