It’s a new year, and with season ticket prices up 2.3 per cent, many people will be thinking about getting the best value for money from their daily journey into London. If you’re looking for relative reliability, frequency and that highly-prized seat in the morning, there is light at the end of the train tunnel as a move to one of our top commuter hotspots could grind your troubles to a halt.
Home to secret billionaires, young professionals and families, Weybridge is prime commuter belt territory. With trains as fast as 29 minutes direct to London Waterloo it is the ideal location for those looking to live just outside central London but with easy access to the hustle and bustle of city life.
Tim Firth, Director of our Weybridge branch, comments: “One of the little known secrets about living here is that Weybridge station is first on the line in to Waterloo where one can almost always guarantee a seat during rush hour. Thereafter, commuters usually need to stand! The punctuality of trains is another key reason many choose to live here over other commuter hotspots.”
The cost of an annual ticket to London including a travel card is £3,692, with an average 11 minute interval between trains during rush hour.
Seats are also almost guaranteed for those getting on a train into London from Dorking. At its quickest
during peak hours the journey to London Waterloo takes 51 minutes, meaning many commuters can be seen with their laptops and tablets out, delving into emails and their to-do list ahead of the day. Alan King, Partner at Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Dorking branch, notes that “many local people I have spoken to relish this ‘down time’ before the hustle and bustle of the day ahead”, with the journey into the city providing the right amount of time to get work done. Alan goes on to say that “the journey back to Dorking in the evening is a real treat as the train passes right by Denbies vineyard, one of the largest producers of wine in the UK – it’s absolutely stunning”.
The cost of an annual ticket including a travel card is £3,416, which can be used from Dorking main, Dorking West or Deepdene.
With season ticket costs reaching £5,800 Winchester may seem like a slightly expensive option, but in terms of work/life balance it has become a firm favourite. Recently revealed by Halifax as the UK’s best place to live, it is a peaceful city with some wonderfully pretty historic areas and is not bisected by a major road, so is less busy than other UK cities. Equally, there is very good access to transport routes including the M3, A3, M25 and trains to London Waterloo take just 58 minutes. Philip Blanchard, director of our Winchester branch, comments: “Families moving out from London target the area due to the mix of city amenities, easy access to the capital and to the coast and countryside.”