Lon­don’s great bal­anc­ing act

Re­search looks at how to re­duce your com­mute and not in­crease your rent

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HAVE you ever won­dered if your tube com­mutes could be made eas­ier by mov­ing closer to work, but worry about the rent in­creases? We cer­tainly have. Well now, thanks to new re­search, res­i­dents can see the prices of rent in dif­fer­ent ar­eas and com­pare them with jour­ney times to cen­tral Lon­don.

The re­search, by To t a l l y M o n d a y. c o m , claims Lon­don­ers will pay an av­er­age of £6.60 a week in rent for ev­ery ex­tra minute they can shave from their travel time.

MOST EX­PEN­SIVE The most ex­pen­sive av­er­age rents are the usual sus­pects clos­est to cen­tral Lon­don.

Green Park takes the top spot at £613 per week on av­er­age, with its prox­im­ity to both the Vic­to­ria and the Ju­bilee lines.

Ox­ford Cir­cus, which is served by the Bak­er­loo and Cen­tral lines, is not far be­hind with an av­er­age of £594 a week.

Fol­lowed by South Kens­ing­ton with £542.

Sloane Square with £534.

Great Port­land Street with £516.

Goodge £515.

And Baker Street with £490. Street with

THE CHEAP­EST One of the best value sta­tions to live near for your com­mute are Mile End, which costs an av­er­age £215 a week and is just 16 min­utes from the Cen­tral line’s most ex­pen­sive sta­tion to live near, Ox­ford Street.

Seven Sis­ters is only 16 min­utes away from the Vic­to­ria line’s most ex­pen­sive sta­tion, Green Park, and costs around £224 a week.

Next in the rank­ing is Tot­ten­ham Hale with £205, fol­lowed by Pre­ston Road, Beth­nal Green, North­wick Park and Fair­lop, which are not far be­hind in the best bang for your buck when it comes to tube com­mutes.

Head of brand and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the site, Joe Gar­diner, said: “Ob­vi­ously there is more to choos­ing a place to live than just see­ing how close it is to work, but many Lon­don­ers feel the less time spent on the tube each day the bet­ter.

“We hope this re­search gives peo­ple in Lon­don an in­sight into where they should be look­ing to live if they want af­ford­able rent prices along with a man­age­able com­mute.”

For those not want­ing to leave west Lon­don there is good news, as East­cote costs an av­er­age of just £188 a week and is 27 min­utes away from the most ex­pen­sive sta­tion on the Met­ro­pol­i­tan line, Baker Street.

Har­row on the Hill is also in­cluded on the list of best value places, cost­ing £246 a week for a 20 minute jour­ney to Baker Street.

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