Getting around in Bromley
by Sam Jaction
Every town worth its place on the map of England should play host to a linked and accessible public transport network. This point could get even more relevant if petrol prices continue to scale, meaning that every property located within a transport hub has a chance to up its value. It's true; trains and buses really can sway the vote when it comes to picking an ideal location.
The rising cost of motoring could force many around the UK to ditch their vehicles altogether in favour of getting around via public transport. However, residents in London have long relied on connections to ferry them from A to B, simply because the roads are too busy and a regular service can be always guaranteed. Public transport also opens doors for those who don't so much enjoy the noise that comes with city living. They'll often look at properties 30-50 minutes away from their workplace and rely on public transport for their traveling needs.
This is why if you're looking for somewhere to base your next move, it's wise to identify a town or city that benefits from a reliable transport service. So, if your search has started around the south east London letting agents, Bromley should be viewed as an attractive option. Here's a spot of information on the links available to you.
You'll be pleased to hear that all major towns and villages situated within the borough are served by buses. No area is too far for the local council, but it appears this is the case for those in charge of the London Underground. Bromley is one of few that isn't linked to the service, which is why its buses run so regularly through the town.
Buses will commonly be heading for some of the many urban hotspots around the borough, including Penge, Bexleyheath and Croydon. Some of which are in fact serviced by London Underground services, so a speedy trip into town is always available. Plans are also being made to ensure that bus and train services to central London are more regular.
No fewer than 26 train stations in the borough are served by regular shuttles, which are linked to main destinations around London and Kent. The advantage of living in a location positioned near the two is that the likes of Dover can be reached, as too can stations in central London.
Bromley itself has two main stations, Bromley South and Chatham mainline. Bromley South is a stop on the South East London rail network, which means that trains to Orpington, Sevenoaks and the central London Thameslink stations all pass through the town. Long distance services from Victoria to Medway also call in at Bromley South. Furthermore, if local murmurs are anything to go by, there's a chance that Bromley's rail network will be mapped on the new 'South London Line' - the Southern equivalent to the London Overground's' East London Line'.
For those wishing to stay inner city for now, travel via tram is ideal for any short trips around the centre. Wider areas are serviced by Tramlink, who run services between Beckenham Junction, Croydon, Elmers End and Wimbledon.
Finally, for any regular business travelers, Biggin Hill airport is actually located within the borough. On the other hand, Bromley is just 45 minutes away from Gatwick and Heathrow, while London City airport can easily be found using road connections.About the author: Stephen Dedalus started his career as market analyst and has worked for many companies for the last 5 years. After a long gap he has started sharing his experience with his readers and has written many articles on Letting agents.