March 18, 2013 at 7:36 am #4304
Hi. We are considering a move to Winchester with our 3 kids (9,7,7). Currently living abroad and prior to that we were in West London.
My husband will need to commute, and I heard a rumor that by the time the train gets into Winchester that all the seats are already taken. Is this right ? Does everyone getting on at Winchester have to stand for the 57 minute journey ? Doesn’t sound much fun !
I’d be grateful if anyone could confirm or deny this.
Many thanksMarch 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm #4323
The train does get busy, depending on what time really, but not to the point that everyone has to stand. There are alternative stations on the edges of Winchester too, Shawford and Micheldever are good options if you want to search in the villages too.March 19, 2013 at 10:20 am #4342
I think there is one particular train that is difficult – the fast train (ie an hour) leaving Winchester at about 7.20. If you are driving to the station you’ll need to keep an eye on parking as well as this can be difficult. Plenty of other stations in the area though if you are looking further afield and can bear a slightly longer commute.March 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm #4347
A friend of mine does this commute, here are his comments “As you would expect, services are busy in the morning. I catch 7.05am from Winchester which starts its journey at Southampton Airport so there are usually enough seats to Woking and then it’s standing room only. Some services are standing from Winchester”. However I might add that overall it is probably quicker and less stressful than commuting accross London!March 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm #4353
I’m grateful to everyone for your replies. Very useful information to have as part of our decision to move. Many thanks.March 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm #4415
The reality is that it is before 7am for the best chance of a seat and the express services are limited so will be busy. There are rural choices like Shawford and Micheldever, however every one is waking up to these and the car parks are full. Remember that the subsidiary stations don’t have many late services if that is likely to be a requirement. The choice of schools and countryside make it worth the effort!April 9, 2013 at 8:01 am #4785
Hi – we’ve just moved from West London to Twyford and my husband has been commuting from Winchester / Shawford. We just love it here. The trains are busy and he does end up getting an early one and coming home too late to have a less busy journey but he finds the commute fine and the evening trip home is a chance to relax. Just do it – you wil love life out of the London. We were in W6 for 17 years and never thought we’d leave – now we can’t believe we stayed for so long. Twyford is a great village and Shawford station is a short drive / longer walk away and there are no parking charges or parking problems. It’s also a short drive into Winchester itself – 8 mins or so. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming. Good luck!
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