AFAIK no other city has yet started congestion charging, but if you are only going city to city I'd ditch the car and take the train.
Firstly, I thought of taking the train or the bus but since I will be travelling in a group of 5 plus bags it seems a bit expensive and troublesome. How about tol roads, are there roads that would require payment to pass thru. Coz I remembered 15 years ago I was driving to Cardiff and I came on a bridge and suddenly I am asked to pay (I think it was 1 pound) and luckily I had some coins with me and there was no one there if I needed change for a bigger note.
I think there is only one toll road in the uk - the M6 toll to avoid the M6 through Birmingham. Apart from that you have tolls on various bridges and tunnels.
The Mersey Tunnels that link Liverpool to the Wirral have a toll which costs £1.50 each way.
You can avoid the Birmingham M6 Toll by just using the M6 instead (but which does get really busy in the rush hours).
On the Birmingham M6 Toll there are automatic booths ,credit card booths and manned booths , who will give you change,to pass through at all times of day. Charges for a car are £5.50 (£11 for a van) during the week days and £3.80 (£9.60 for a van) at weekends. If you don't mind paying the charges the M6 Toll is nice to drive down, as there aren't that many using it. It also has a service station for refreshment stops .
If you end up hitting Durham's congestion charge then you've gone the wrong way - it's there to keep traffic off Palace Green. Plenty of parking within a few minutes walk outside the zone
Thank you for the replies, things have certainly changed the last 15 years. Hopefully my gps will point me to the right direction. Cheers
Yes it does have a congestion fee,its called rip off on street parking 7 days a week 7 am til 8pm and very expensive.This country is going to hell in a hand cart.
You may find in regards to Durham the pay station has vanished and you have to walk a long way to the parking office to pay but it's not clear at all. Your best option use the car park by the shopping centre or under the library / cinema and theatre, I regularly go to Durham and that areas name has gone out of my head.