YouGov poll: Give us better transport links and we'll move further out, commuters say

Nell Grecian
Rush Hour At King's Cross Train Station
Over half of commuters would live further from their work if transport links improved (Source: Getty)

More than half (55 per cent) of commuters would consider moving further away from their place of work if transport links were better according to a poll by YouGov.

When asked about the most important factors for choosing where to live 38 per cent said quality of life, 19 per cent said proximity to family and friends.

Just three per cent cited increasing property value in the area.

Law firm, Bircham Dyson Bell, commissioned the YouGov poll to uncover 2,000 people’s thoughts on transport links and property development.

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Andrew Smith, head of the real estate team at Bircham Dyson Bell, said: “The symbiotic relationship between new or improved transport links and property development is demonstrated throughout this research.

"It has shown the indisputable benefits that transport projects can bring to communities and the importance people attach to these links over and above increasing property value.  This is good news for the government when trying to bridge the gap between the north and south and for addressing the housing crisis."

Improving transport links would encourage commuters to move further away from work, create more living options and make the city more accessible to the thousands of annual newcomers.

Plans are afoot for a range of transport projects, particularly a high speed rail link from London to the North.

The average time from London to Birmingham will be slashed to 49 minutes. Travelling to Manchester from the Capital will be achieved in just over one hour. Leeds to Manchester will take 30 minutes.

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