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28/01/2013 at 18:54
H and I are looking to move to Reading in the near future as that is where his parents live and i have an Aunty I'm very close to near Virginia Water. We would both be potentially commuting backinto London ideally getting into Paddington. My question is how easy is it to get on the train, in the morning in particular? We've been looking at train times and Tilehurst has an occasional direct train in the morning but if there's no chance of getting on it then it's not much use relying on that. Similarly how busy is it if you get a train from somewhere and change at Reading? Are there any train stations you would recommend we avoid completely? I'm toying with the idea of living somewhere away from a station, Mortimer/Burghfield etc and driving to Reading.
Any other tips I should know?
Thanks in advance xx
28/01/2013 at 19:37
You'll always get on the train but won't get a seat in the rush hour. I've not once tried to get a train from Theale/Tilehurst etc and not got on the train and I've lived in Reading forever. Even if you get the train at Reading you'll always get on a train and there are SO many frequent trains direct from Reading to London Paddington. I did it every day for a few years.
Tilehurst station is Reading West station I think? It's a tiny station but you'll always get a train. Depending on where you're living you can also walk to Reading and get a train from the main station.
Twyford is great for direct London trains too.
We live further out now and get the train from Thatcham, it's 45-50 station to station going into Paddington. Easy!
I'd avoid stations on the Waterloo line if you want to get into London quickly as the Paddington train is much quicker, Waterloo trains stop everywhere.
28/01/2013 at 19:40
Parking at Reading station all day is c. £25 a day so something to bear in mind. If you were Mortimer/Burghfield way then you'd do better to park and travel from Theale where parking is cheaper and trains are still very regular and reliable.
28/01/2013 at 20:14
Thanks ladies-I'll add in Theale to our search area. Apparently there is a Tilehurst station-it's over the Purley side of Tilehurst on the same line as Pangbourne (somewhere I would love to live but will never be able to afford). I was a bit worried about Reading itself but you've reassured me.
28/01/2013 at 20:15
And I know to avoid the chugger to Waterloo.....I've done the reverse journey from clapham and it nearly killed me
28/01/2013 at 20:43
I've lived in Reading my whole life and never knew there was a station called 'Tilehurst' !!! I feel a bit stupid!
If its on the Pangbourne line you'd prob do best changing at Reading rather than waiting for direct trains straight from there.
28/01/2013 at 21:49
Don't worry my H said exactly the same. I only know about it because it's on my RightMove map :)
28/01/2013 at 22:34
Not really much help, but my cousin moved to Caversham last year. Seems a nice area and an easy walk to the station.
30/01/2013 at 11:15
Quickly as at work.
Mortimer has a station but its a bit o/s the village, its on the Basingstoke to Reading line so every half hour. If you just want to drive to a station you are better going to Theale or Bramley (also B'stoke to Reading line).
I live in BC so can answer questions about there. If I was planning to move (again!) I would be looking in Tilehurst or Caversham. Both have nice houses and decent shops.
Tilehurst station is right at the bottom of a very big hill! Actually all of Tilehurst is very big hills!
30/01/2013 at 17:06
Thanks Gingey. I did think all roads lead down to Tilehurst station but figure it is easier to go down in the morning when I'm very likely to be running late! We do look in caversham as well. We need to do another drive around next time we're back and see how we feel about the areas-H hasn't lived in Reading for about 10 years and so is a bit rusty on his knowledge. BC is closest to his parents which puts me off a bit-why wouldn't you move there now out of interest?
30/01/2013 at 18:17
crap pub, crap shops and early last bus!
30/01/2013 at 18:21
Lol it did feel like there wasn't much there but thought I might have missed the "community hub"!!
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