Things are heating up
It’s days like these that make people think about moving out of London. On the hottest ever day on record in the UK, I can only imagine how all the sticky people are managing on the underground. Jostling onto a Northern Line carriage in rush hour was always a struggle. This struggle quickly became unbearable when the sunshine decided to make an appearance; sweaty bodies and smelly armpits in your face resulted in even less patience than usual and an unstoppable feeling of wanting to scream and shout. This was before I sat at my desk and I had it all to look forward to on my way home. In this heat, I really do feel for all of those people who are inevitably going to ask themselves “why am I doing this?”
Why indeed when you don’t have to. In fact, it would seem that lots of Londoners have not only reached this conclusion, but have actually done something about it recently. I’ve read several articles reporting on a record high mass exodus of people from the capital. According to The Guardian, “more than a third of a million people moved out of the city last year” and “the number of people leaving the Capital hit a 10 year high.
Why are people moving out of London?
So why are so many people wanting to move out of London? Perhaps it’s because of the increasing knife crime? Or do people want to leave the capital because of the extortionate house prices? Maybe they’re fed up of the pollution that sticks in their nostrils and clogs their throats? Whatever the reason, and it seems there may be several, undeniably, more people are moving out of London than ever before.
Where is everyone going when they move out of London?
Whilst several are moving to other cities to work, not everyone is giving up on London altogether. Why would you? It’s a vibrant cultural city with great jobs and lots to see and do. Perhaps people have, therefore, worked out how to have their cake and eat it too. Improved transport links into the city, such as the promise of Crossrail on the horizon, has opened up a huge variety of alternative places to live. Better transport, coupled with a positive shift towards achieving work/life balance, and a desire to live healthier lives, means that a move to the countryside is now an option. The new Elizabeth line will allow commuters to get from Maidenhead to Bond Street in 39 minutes, so quick that you’ll struggle to have enough time to watch Love Island on catch up! The Crossrail really is a game changer for those wanting a better quality of life. The dream of having a bigger garden, access to good schools, and a country pub on your doorstep is now being realised.
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