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Commuter Towns in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is hugely popular with London commuters. There are three train lines to choose from. Firstly the line which potters in from the Cotswolds, stopping in idyllic stone villages such as Ascott-under-Wychwood and Charlbury, then to Oxford and Didcot before arriving in Paddington. The canny travellers change at Didcot and shorten the journey to just over an hour.

Then there is a line running in from Banbury to London Marylebone (72 mins), and this area is increasingly being chosen as it is cheaper than the Cotswolds and convenient for the Midlands.

And there are fast trains from Oxford itself into Paddington in just under an hour. Oxford is a top commuter choice as it offers a beautiful city, excellent schools, fast journey, good restaurants and cultural life. House prices rise inexorably as people fight to live near the top schools. At the beginning of 2013 according to Land Registry figures the average property price here was £403,256 and the average detached house was £887,279. This meant prices rose by almost 20% last year.

Abingdon is also known for its high-performing schools. On the London side, where celebrity chef Raymond Blanc has his Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, top commuter towns on the River Thames include of Thame, Henley-on Thames and Wallingford, where you can catch trains into London Marylebone.

The M40 sweeps from London into Oxfordshire. Other main roads include the A34,A20, A40, A34, A44.

Neighbouring counties are Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire.