Today we’re reviewing one of our most popular aids for those people who wish to commute into London for work, whilst living in either the countryside or a leafy commuter town.
The Sunday Telegraph Guide to Commuterland – Finding a home within reach of London is brought to you by Caroline McGhie.
The book follows the trainlines out of mainline railway stations such as Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Moorgate, Euston, Marylebone, Paddington, Waterloo Victoria, London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.
You can expect to find out the following pieces about over 1200 different towns and villages that feature on train routes on the commuter map into London:
- House Prices
- Property Types (e.g cottage or modern apartments)
- Local shops
- Local activities and societies
- Ticket prices into London
- Journey times into London
- Frequency of trains running into London
- Area profiles to help readers decide if they would fit in
If you don’t yet work in London, then you can read the book with a completely open mind and choose pretty much anywhere in the home counties or outskirts of London that appeals to you based on your preferences and budget.
If you already have a job in London, then you’ll probably want to choose to live on a commuter rail line that terminates vaguely near where you work, so that you don’t have to trek half way across town on the tube once you arrive. So if you work in the City for instance, then you may simply use the book and read through the different stations all the way along train routes running into Liverpool Street for instance.
The book lists locations from around 30 minutes commuting time to up to 2 hours commuting time into London.
The book is revised and updated regularly to reflect the most recent house prices, commuting times and train routes, which as you can imagine are all changeable factors.
It’s all very well us telling you that this book is great, but if you don’t want to take our word for it then take a quick peek here.
Buy the The Sunday Telegraph Guide to Commuterland for around £10.17 with free postage (price correct at time this article is printed).
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