Extolling the Benefits of Living Closer to Work

Live closer to work and avoid crowded public transport

Live closer to work and avoid crowded public transport

With working days getting longer, continual transport issues and the ever increasing cost of commuting I know that many people (including myself) have asked, “Wouldn’t it be nicer to live closer to work?”.

There’d be no overcrowded buses or tubes, no delays, no traffic jams and (possibly) no travel costs. Just a delightfully slow amble or bike ride to the office each morning, as the rest of the country battles their way in.

It seems I am not the only one who thinks like this, as Young London has recently seen a jump in the number of requests for rental properties within an easy commute (walk or bike ride) of the main employment areas in London’s Zones 1 & 2. As these are the areas we specialise in we’ve been more than happy to help people in their search.

But moving closer to work is not just about decreasing travel stress! There are also a raft of other benefits that this move can provide.

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Land Acquisition In The Private Rented Sector

Darryl Flay, Chief Executive Officer, Essential Living

Darryl Flay, Chief Executive Officer, Essential Living

Rising house prices, demographic change and the tight mortgage market have led to a doubling in the number of renters in the UK over the last decade.

While no one doubts the UK’s penchant for ownership is about to change any time soon, there’s a huge opportunity in unlocking the kind of institution-backed sector that supports housing in the US. Replacing the reputation for poor standards underpinning the buy-to-let sector could, however, redefine the way the public approaches renting, while creating an exciting new asset class for institutional and, eventually, retail investors.

A growing number of large investors have been posturing on the sidelines for years and, over recent months, the talk has turned to action with major schemes in development across London and Manchester.

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In Conversation With… Samantha Richardson

Samantha Richardson

Samantha Richardson

There’s a plethora of leading figures in the property, investment, finance and charity sectors who we’re regularly in conversation with, many of whom are guest authors for PRSupdate – and here we share more about them, their roles, priorities and backgrounds. If you would like to feature in this series, or to suggest someone who might, please get in touch through our contact us page or let us know on twitter.

Why not take a lucky dip into our In Conversation archives and discover:

Today we speak with Samantha Richardson, Head of Service Delivery & Training at Young London:

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The importance of good communication

The importance of good communication

The importance of good communication

Today I had the worst journey into work all year. It took me 3 hours to get to work when it should have taken about half of that. Due to my lateness, and the fact that I am keeper of the office keys,  a number of my colleagues were left out in the bitter cold.

Now I should be livid about the whole thing, and I am slightly, but my anger is nowhere near the levels it has been in the past. The reason for this was, simply, communication.

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Crossrail: A Catalyst for London’s Growth

Ian Lindsay

Import: Ian Lindsay

2012 has so far seen tunnelling for Crossrail commence and Crossrail’s presence across London is becoming increasingly visible.

Over the last year, the Crossrail project has made good progress with work underway at all central London station sites. The excavation of Canary Wharf station has concluded and main construction contracts have been awarded for Paddington, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel stations. The remaining contract for Bond Street station will be awarded by the first quarter of 2013.

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SE1 Safe Roads Campaign

SE1 Safe Roads Campaign – Call for Elephant and Castle Improvements

SE1 Safe Roads is a group aiming to promote the adoption of a safe road strategy for SE1. They want to promote a dialogue between residents and stakeholders in our local road infrastructure. We aim for better provision for pedestrians and cyclists, and a well-planned future for our road network.

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Why Live In… MyBaSE1

MyBaSE1

Image: MyBaSE1

As Young London manages the majority of properties in the MyBaSE1 development I thought it would be appropriate to create a small guide to show off some of the great features the surrounding area has to offer.

Choosing where to live is a big decision and so often it’s not just what the property itself offers but also what the local area has going for it that attracts people to living there.

This guide should help you to decide if the neighbourhood around MyBaSE might just be the place for you!

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Olympian Customer Service Efforts

London Bridge Station

Image: London Bridge Station

With our focus on customer service I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at how things ran recently when Network Rail ran a trial of it’s new Olympic flow system and how Heathrow handled the busiest day in its history.

With London’s infrastructure coming under increasing strain as the Olympic countdown continues, it’s customer service that will make or break the experience for Londoners, and visitors alike.
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The London Cable Car is Open for Business


Image: Boris Johnson with the new cable car - Greenwich.co.uk

Image: Boris Johnson with the new cable car - Greenwich.co.uk

Following on from our article last year it’s nice to see that the Emirates Air Line cable car crossing has finally opened and in time for the Olympics too.

This new addition to the London transport network was a pet project for London Mayor, Boris Johnson, and at its opening he described it as a “stunning addition to London’s transport network” as well as a “must-see destination in its own right”.

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A Guide to a Successful Move

Image: Moving out - Eric Snider

Image: Moving out - Eric Snider

Moving home can be a stressful time and it doesn’t help if you don’t know what to do or where to start!

Well luckily for you Young London are here to provide you with a helpful guide. This article will help to get you organised ahead of the big day and make sure that your move is as stress free as possible.

It’s the next best thing to doing all the packing, unpacking and heavy lifting for you.

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On ‘Yer Bike?

Boris Bikes
Boris Bikes Ready for Riding!

In London, transport is probably talked about as often as the weather.

It’s funny; most forms of transport are great when they run to time and aren’t too busy. What frustrates is the inability to rely on what time you will arrive and what state you will be in when you get there!

Last weekend as a family we went out for the day by car to Legoland. It was noted that we had virtually no traffic either way and both journeys took about 45 mins. There was a real element of surprise. This is not our usual experience and the trip was all the more pleasurable because of it.

When I take the tube/train it’s great when there are no delays, very quick and efficient – and much more pleasant when it is not so crowded.  Buses are quite good, not great for long journeys, best for hopping on for a few stops. London’s proliferation of bus lanes do make a difference, but journeys can still be slowed by traffic.

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Crossrail Tunnelling Begins

Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chairman, Transport for London (TfL)
Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chairman, Transport for London (TfL)

When I last wrote about Crossrail, Boris Johnson had only three months earlier launched the first pile into the ground at Canary Wharf, marking the beginning of Crossrail construction. Just three years on and it is hard to believe that I am writing this only a month after the Mayor started the first Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) at the Royal Oak portal, marking yet another major milestone for the project.

The Prime Minister has also personally shown interest in both the progress of the project and in Crossrail’s apprenticeship programme and he visited Crossrail sites and facilities earlier this year, evidence of the importance of this scheme for both London and the UK.  Crossrail is now becoming more and more visible across London. As construction sites continue to spring up across the capital, it is becoming increasingly clear to Londoners what a radical and positive effect Crossrail will have on the city.

The new railway will not only provide enhanced public transport links but will revitalise the urban environment of key central areas and inject new jobs and expertise into London’s communities.

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Olympics Travel Update

Get Ahead of the Games

There are 93 days until the start of the London 2012 Olympic games, and with up to 15 million to travel on London transport during the games we thought a round-up of the latest travel information was needed. Ticket holders are actively being encouraged to use public transport to get to all events; there is no parking available at the Olympic Park (disabled parking must be pre-arranged) and ticket holders will receive a Games Travelcard giving them free travel within Zones 1-9.

Travel times are expected to take a lot longer, and all underground lines will be ‘busier than usual’, with the Central, Jubilee and Docklands Light Railway ‘exceptionally busy’. The earliest events are scheduled to begin at 9am and the latest to finish at 11pm, but ticket holders have been advised to arrive at venues at least two hours prior to the start of their event to get through security. This means people will start arriving at main stations before 7am. Read more of this post

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City Guide: Holborn

Inside the British Museum / image: geograph

Holborn is situated between the London Borough of Camden and the City of London. Holborn has great transport links, with the nearest stations being Chancery Lane, Covent Garden, Russell Square and Tottenham Court Road.

Holborn is best known for being the centre of some of London’s most prestigious law firms. The Royal Court of Justice is also based there, containing an estimated 1,000 rooms and 2.5 miles of corridors! Education is no stranger to the area either with the London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Arts within a close proximity to each other. Read more of this post

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In Conversation: Daniel Moylan

Daniel Moylan

We regularly speak to some of London’s leading figures from within the property, investment, finance and charity sectors.

Those we have spoken with recently include Sonal Shah, Executive Director of The Capital Community FoundationChristopher Hamer, The Property Ombudsman, and Richard Blakeway, Mayoral Advisor on Housing.

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