Transportation options for Boris Johnson and next afternoon to reach Balmoral

Transportation options for Boris Johnson and next afternoon to reach Balmoral

Transportation options for Boris Johnson and next afternoon to reach Balmoral

There are several options for making the 400-mile journey from Westminster to Balmoral (Jane Barlow / PA) (PA Archive)

There are several options for making the 400-mile journey from Westminster to Balmoral (Jane Barlow / PA) (PA Archive)

For the first time ever, the Queen will remain in Scotland to appoint a new prime minister. There are several options for making the 400 mile journey from Westminster.

Here, the PA news agency considers potential routes for Boris Johnson and his successor to meet the queen next week.

Machine

Traveling by private car would involve nine hours and 21 minutes of travel, according to Google Maps.

But the stops to refuel / recharge and rest mean that the actual travel time would be much longer.

The cost of fuel for a typical petrol car would be around £ 100.

LNER operates trains from London King's Cross to Aberdeen (Jonathan Brady / PA) (PA Archive)

LNER operates trains from London King’s Cross to Aberdeen (Jonathan Brady / PA) (PA Archive)

Train

There are four direct day trains connecting London King’s Cross to Aberdeen – 50 miles east of Balmoral – on Monday, the day before politicians meet the 96-year-old monarch.

The fastest is the departure at 10:00, which takes seven hours and six minutes.

Tickets are available from £ 93.50 in standard class and £ 291 in first class.

But going from Aberdeen to Balmoral would involve a taxi costing around £ 100, or they could take a local bus on line 201 for £ 11.50.

Sleeper train

The 9:15 pm Caledonian Sleeper departs London Euston on Monday arrives in Aberdeen at 7:40 am the next morning.

But anyone booking now is unlikely to get a good night’s sleep as all bed compartments are sold out.

Tickets for a reclining seat cost £ 75.

Politicians can fly to Aberdeen Airport (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Archive)

Politicians can fly to Aberdeen Airport (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Archive)

Commercial flight

A seat on a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Aberdeen – the closest airport to Balmoral – on Tuesday mornings costs £ 307 in economy and £ 603 in business class.

The flight lasts one hour and 35 minutes.

A video has been posted online showing the Duchess of Cambridge disembarking from a commercial plane at Aberdeen Airport with her children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, en route to Balmoral earlier this month.

Trainer

In the unlikely event that Mr Johnson and his successor want to travel by bus, they could purchase a Megabus service ticket which departs London Victoria at 8am Monday for £ 48.29 each.

After a change of coach in Glasgow, they would arrive in Aberdeen at 22:25.

Megabus entering Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland (Kensplace / Alamy / PA)

Megabus entering Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland (Kensplace / Alamy / PA)

Private flight

A private plane or helicopter is a likely option for politicians.

The journey would take approximately 45 minutes by private jet or two and a half hours by helicopter.

Both options would cost thousands of pounds for private passengers.

The clean transport campaign group Transport & Environment said private jets emit up to two tons of CO2 in a single hour, about a quarter of the amount emitted by an average person in Europe for a full year.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Flying on a private jet is probably the worst thing the new Prime Minister can do for the environment and on his first day.

“Jets are 5 to 14 times more polluting than commercial planes per passenger and 50 times more polluting than trains.

“Both transport options are possible for the new PM for the journey to Balmoral.

“In the midst of a cost of living crisis, some form of energy sobriety would be a sign of respect for the British people.”

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