How to get a seat on the Tube
THE dream ticket for all London Tube commuters is getting a seat. Now new research reveals the stations where you should buy a property if you want to ride to work in comfort.
In another plus for commuters, the Zone by Zone guide also reveals which of these areas are seeing the most VISIT
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Editorial: 020 3615 2650 Advertisement manager: Ann Finan Advertising: 020 3615 0266 Homes & Property, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, Kensington, London W8 5TT. impressive property price growth. London’s seemingly unstoppable growth means it’s possible to get a seat at just 29 per cent of the 203 Tube stations outside Zone 1 at the height of the morning rush. Of course, commuters with the longest journeys get a seat at the beginning of the line, but the good news is, this is where homes are cheapest.
Zone 2 has only eight stations with seats available in the morning peak, according to Hamptons International, which analysed Transport for London data. The majority are on the Hammersmith & City line in west London but houses within 10 minutes’ walk of Ladbroke Grove, Latimer Road or Royal Oak stations don’t come cheap.
In Ladbroke Grove, for example, the average price of a house is just over £4.5 million. The most economical location is Queen’s Park, on the Bakerloo line, where houses cost just over £1.2 million. Queen’s Park has also seen the strongest annual price increase, of a just-above-inflation 3.9 per cent, reflecting the slowdown in price growth in central London in the last two years.
Quiet stations are even more of a rarity in Zone 3, where just three locations have been identified as having excess capacity in the morning — Neasden, Walthamstow Central, and South Wimbledon. But in Zone 4, there are 21 quiet stations where commuters can avoid a game of sardines in the morning.
Find Ruth Bloomfield’s full list of the 60 top stations at homesandproperty.co.uk
In the know: a new guide reveals where you should buy a home if you want a seat on the Tube in the morning rush