Living in a city-centre comes with a huge number of benefits, but serenity and calm streets aren’t among them. Often the busy streets plagued with tourists and alike can become quickly overcrowded, and that’s why a large percentage of those working in the UK use the train to get to-and-from work each day.
Thinking of moving to the city for work, but wanting to avoid commute headaches and unnecessary traffic? Let’s take a look at how some of the UK’s top cities compare in terms of train networks.
London’s underground ‘tube’ system might not be the most glamorous way to get around the city,
but it’s one of the most popular. Sprawling a vast underground network of trains below the busy streets on the surface, the tube handles up to five million journeys each day, and for many is the go-to for an affordable and worry-free commute. While it might not be any less busy or stressful than the highstreets, and not as efficient or clean as Tokyo’s underground rail system, in terms of getting around the country’s capital efficiently it is looked upon with pride.
The northern city of Liverpool features Lime Street station, which attracts over 16 million passengers annually and is perfectly placed for those looking to get around the area. As Liverpool is the home to the Beatles, Lime Street station also served as a backdrop for a pivotal scene in the recent summer blockbuster Yesterday, a reimagining of the famed fab four.
Some of the services that operate within Lime Street are not the most popular in the country. Northern rail ranked 30th of 30 in a customer satisfaction survey conducted by Which. Their less than stellar track record when it comes to delays and breakdowns in the past 12 months may be the reasoning behind this.
On the contrary, Liverpool’s central station operates Mersey Rail services, which can get passengers in and around the Merseyside area quickly and efficiently. According to Which, yhese trains are rated highly by passengers for their punctuality and cost. Central also connects to Lime Street and is a short distance away, perfect as a jump off point for those looking to travel even further afield.
One of the formative cities included in the government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ initiative and deemed by many as ‘the capital of the North’, Manchester holds host to the Piccadilly and Victoria stations, which attract a whopping 24.5 and 7 million passengers respectively each year.
Trams are also a popular way of getting around the city in Manchester, and while they aren’t trains, they look a bit like trains and the words sound similar enough, so let’s just pretend they are. The trams stop at over 90 different points spanning 62 miles, and come in handy if working in or visiting the area.
Looking toward the future
Those thinking about moving towards a northern city in the future, or at least working there, will be happy to hear that train developments and infrastructures are set to improve drastically. The HS2 railway, for example, despite attracting negative attention from many who live in the way of its planned build area, will shave off a significant amount of travel time when completed.
New Prime Minister Boris Johnson, alongside being tasked with project Brexit, outwardly spoke in support of the projected train improvements to come in the future, and the balancing of power and influence between the north and south.
Factors such as these give reason to explain why northern areas are starting to attract attention from workers sick of paying to live in expensive areas, and investors wanting to get in on the developing market. RW Invest are one of the many property investment companies out in front of this trend.
Other methods of transport
Getting sick and tired of taking the train? Perhaps consider one of the following options instead:
- Walking – If you’re living within a city and can feasibly reach your workplace without having to set off at the crack of dawn, walking can be beneficial not just for your health but also in giving you a better understanding of the city and its inner workings.
- Cycling – In many of the big cities in the UK, congestion and pollution are becoming worrying issues, and so local councils have introduced hireable bikes placed conveniently around the city. Nicknamed ‘Boris Bikes’ by Londoners, these handy travel alternatives present a happy medium between walking at a snail’s pace and hurtling through the ground on an overcrowded and overheated train.