How to get a seat on the Tube

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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

for de­tails of our usual pro­mo­tion rules. When you re­spond to pro­mo­tions, of­fers or com­pe­ti­tions, the Lon­don Evening Stan­dard and its sis­ter com­pa­nies may con­tact you with rel­e­vant of­fers and ser­vices that may be of in­ter­est. Please give your mo­bile num­ber and/or email ad­dress if you would like to re­ceive such of­fers by text or email.

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 home­sand­prop­

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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

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