First of all congratulations on getting through! After reading your post I thought it might be worth getting in touch as I live in Reading and have my start date on the 8th too. It may be worth while getting in touch and maybe making the journey together by car. I know it's a pain with traffic and all but would be considerably cheaper paying for petrol , well at least until we have our warrant cards! Anyway it is just something to think about possibly doing.
Either way if you think it may be a good idea get in touch through this and we can go from there.