• London commuter belt crisis: Southern Rail's 350 cancelled trains daily make a difference house prices




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    the crisis afflicting Southern Rail make a difference house prices in London’s commuter belt, with buyers not wanting to count on the line, experts have warned.



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    Property owners working in brighton as well as other commuter towns who want to sell their homes on the next couple of months were told which they risk losing hundreds and hundreds of pounds because buyers will consider cheaper towns with additional reliable transport networks.



    It came since the Government gave the rail firm - that is already cancelling around 250 trains a day - permission show them an urgent situation timetable letting it cancel another 350 trains per day. The RMT union claimed it had been due to the figure at a meeting with parent firm Govia Thameslink.



    In the future the firm will be grilled by MPs over the actual way it will enhance the service following your Transport Select Committee received a barrage of complaints from angry commuters.



    Southern Railway blames high amounts of staff sickness and industrial action for your ongoing disruption of Southern services from the south coast into London.



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    It offers train services for commuters, airport users, business and leisure travellers in south London, between central London as well as the South coast, through East and West Sussex, Surrey and parts of Kent and Hampshire.



    Every year it serves around 165 million passenger journeys with London Victoria and London Bridge since it's main stations serving commuters for the capital.



    Property experts said house prices in commuter towns like Brighton could suffer as commuters searching for reasonably property with good use of London would be delay by the disruption and would opt for commuter towns like Warwick and Leamington Spa, which are further away from the administrative centre but using more reliable rail networks.



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    Homeowners working in brighton may struggle to sell their properties for asking price because of railway disruptions, experts said CREDIT: STEVE PARSONS

    The average four bedroom home working in brighton, that is an hour from London by train (without delays) is now available on the market for £617,358. However with regular delays of half an hour or maybe more commuters can frequently expect this journey to consider to an hour . 5.



    In Warwick and Leamington Spa, which can be around an hour and Thirty minutes from London by train, a four bedroom home is currently in the marketplace for 25pc less at £413,264 and £456,446 respectively.



    Mark Hayward, managing director on the National Association of Estate agent, said: "One from the prime drivers for moving to a new location has been able to get to be effective in the reasonable period of time.



    "Commuters will think twice if the railways are dysfunctional, as in the truth of Southern Railway, which leaves the speed of their journey to work in air.



    "It may well put buyers off buying in places like Brighton it will be seen as no more available to London than places like Warwick and Leamington Spa, where homes are far cheaper."



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    Commuters may default to residing in historic town, Warwick, where property costs are lower CREDIT: ANDREW MAYBURY/ENGLISH HERITAGE

    A spokesman on the Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, said: "Southern have already been wrecking peoples' lives for too much time. Individuals have lost their jobs because of being late for work, commuters never see their children later in the day since they go back home far too late, and today house prices might be affected too. It's got shown just gross misconduct which must be resolved as a matter of urgency."



    Southern failed to respond to the Telegraph's obtain comment however a Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) spokesman said: "We will probably be confirming information on a short lived timetable in a few days.



    "The timetable recognises that the present degree of service hasn't been acceptable and definately will try to give passengers a far more predictable service they could plan around.



    "This will be a temporary measure until train crew availability levels go back to normal."



    A Transport Department spokesman said: "We are evident that GTR passengers aren't getting the service they deserve as well as the current situation is unacceptable.



    "We know that GTR is considering some modifications in to strengthen their timetable in the face of ongoing disruption, so as many services as possible can run.



    "When such things happen, operators are contractually obliged to inform us beforehand, however, these decisions are taken only when there is no other solution, which does not total the federal government giving permission."


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