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    • Kevie192
    • By Kevie192 9th Oct 17, 10:45 AM
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    Areas between Luton and Bromley?
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    • 9th Oct 17, 10:45 AM
    Areas between Luton and Bromley? 9th Oct 17 at 10:45 AM
    Hi all,

    My partner and I are thinking about areas we would like to look at to move into together, but we are struggling to think of areas that would suit us both.

    He works at Luton airport and drives to work. I work in Bromley South and get the train. I COULD drive, but it would involve the expense of buying a car etc etc.

    Current commute for both of us is 40mins (we live apart currently) and ideally we'd like to keep it below an hour for both of us if we can.

    Ideas...?

    Thanks,

    Kevin
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    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 9th Oct 17, 11:49 AM
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    Does he need to drive or could he get a train?


    Budget/essential requirements?
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    • Kevie192
    • By Kevie192 9th Oct 17, 12:27 PM
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    Does he need to drive or could he get a train?


    Budget/essential requirements?
    Originally posted by hazyjo
    Well, he works shifts and odd hours so when he finishes at 2am or starts at 4am (which is fairly frequently) then he wouldn't be able to get home via train.

    We're pretty open minded in terms of requirements. Don't mind being more central or further out but really would like a garden and we're not prepared to share with anyone else. Currently we pay combined rent and bills of around £2400 between us, so quite a healthy budget for a rental in most areas of London.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 9th Oct 17, 12:48 PM
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    Ok, looking at this, you might consider places just off the M1, but with decent train links.

    For example, Hendon. It is a 1hr 6 minute train journey from Hendon to Bromley South with 1 change at Herne Hill. So yes, it's a bit long, but it's a fairly simple route.

    It is a 1 hr drive from Hendon to Luton, right up the M1.

    You could also look at Mill Hill, which has similar travel times and I think is a bit nicer.

    If you drove you could look at places near Brentwood on the M25
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    • By EachPenny 9th Oct 17, 1:43 PM
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    For example, Hendon. It is a 1hr 6 minute train journey from Hendon to Bromley South with 1 change at Herne Hill. So yes, it's a bit long, but it's a fairly simple route.

    It is a 1 hr drive from Hendon to Luton, right up the M1.

    You could also look at Mill Hill, which has similar travel times and I think is a bit nicer.
    Originally posted by ringo_24601
    Hendon to Luton by car will be a very variable journey. Some days/times 1 hour will be nowhere near enough, others it will be very generous. You also need to get onto the M1 from where you live and in Hendon/Brent Cross that in itself can take quite a while!

    With the railway journey it is also worth looking at the different train types - a fast train from St Albans (perhaps even Harpenden) can get you to St Pancras quicker than the slow train from Mill Hill or Hendon.

    I'd also consider Stevenage for its fast trains to Kings Cross and in the near future connection to the Thameslink network South of the river. Stevenage to Luton is an easy drive, just follow the planes
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    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 9th Oct 17, 1:58 PM
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    Yeh, I did think of further north but wanted to keep the train commute under an hour. I live near Radlett, and you could easily do Radlett->Herne Hill->Bromley South in about 1 hr 15, and it's not too far from the M1 to get to Luton. Plus it's nice and green around here!

    There are trains directly from St Albans to Bromley South several times an hour - it does sound like OPs ideal commuting location. Rent will be pricey and you won't get much of a garden if you live near the station though. St Albans is a good place to live though. The season ticket would be about £3,700 a year though.
    Last edited by ringo_24601; 09-10-2017 at 2:01 PM.
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    • By Doozergirl 9th Oct 17, 3:50 PM
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    Thames link comes straight through with several areas to change only once between Luton and Bromley.

    http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/static/documents/content/Thameslink_route_map.pdf

    Herne Hill, Kentish Town, Elephant & Castle... and many other options. You'll need to look on the north side if he insists on driving, or needs to for work.
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    • Kevie192
    • By Kevie192 9th Oct 17, 3:54 PM
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    Thanks everyone

    St Albans was somewhere mentioned by others so we'll start our search there.
    • aneary
    • By aneary 9th Oct 17, 3:57 PM
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    Yeh, I did think of further north but wanted to keep the train commute under an hour. I live near Radlett, and you could easily do Radlett->Herne Hill->Bromley South in about 1 hr 15, and it's not too far from the M1 to get to Luton. Plus it's nice and green around here!

    There are trains directly from St Albans to Bromley South several times an hour - it does sound like OPs ideal commuting location. Rent will be pricey and you won't get much of a garden if you live near the station though. St Albans is a good place to live though. The season ticket would be about £3,700 a year though.
    Originally posted by ringo_24601

    No offence but Radlett is a real soulless place to live my grandparents were there for 30 years.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 9th Oct 17, 4:27 PM
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    No offence but Radlett is a real soulless place to live my grandparents were there for 30 years.
    Originally posted by aneary
    No offense taken, not that I agree with it! It's just a place I tend to get the train to London from and drive through on the way to my children's school.. I don't live in the place!

    It's got a nice little theatre, some nice looking Churches and Synagogues, a good park for the kids, Cricket club, a few ok pubs and a bunch of restaurants on the high street. Yes, it's flipping expensive but I wouldn't call it soulless! If you want soulless try the rows after rows of new flats in neighbouring Borehamwood

    To the OP: My friend moved from Essex to St. Albans a year ago and loves the place.
    Last edited by ringo_24601; 09-10-2017 at 4:36 PM.
    • aneary
    • By aneary 9th Oct 17, 4:38 PM
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    No offense taken, not that I agree with it! It's just a place I tend to get the train to London from and drive through on the way to my children's school.. I don't live in the place!

    It's got a nice little theatre, some nice looking Churches and Synagogues, a good park for the kids, Cricket club, a few ok pubs and a bunch of restaurants on the high street. Yes, it's flipping expensive but I wouldn't call it soulless! If you want soulless try the rows after rows of new flats in neighbouring Borehamwood

    To the OP: My friend moved from Essex to St. Albans a year ago and loves the place.
    Originally posted by ringo_24601
    St Albans is lovely that I agree with.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 9th Oct 17, 8:51 PM
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    Hendon to Luton by car will be a very variable journey. Some days/times 1 hour will be nowhere near enough, others it will be very generous. You also need to get onto the M1 from where you live and in Hendon/Brent Cross that in itself can take quite a while!
    Travelling against the traffic is easier. My son commutes West Hampstead to Watford in 30-40 minutes.
    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 9th Oct 17, 11:22 PM
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    Travelling against the traffic is easier. My son commutes West Hampstead to Watford in 30-40 minutes.
    Originally posted by silvercar
    In general yes, but the OP's partner does shift work so won't always be travelling against the traffic, and the M1 between the M25 and Luton is a nightmare for accidents and congestion at any time of day (or night).

    OP: Commuting from St Albans is fast, but eye wateringly expensive, and add quite a bit more if you need to park a car anywhere near the station. If you are travelling every day then look into places that you can walk or cycle from, and failing that near a bus route that serves the station.

    The quality of life compared to London should make it worthwhile though.
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