People moving into Barnet are often understandably keen to discover exactly what is the Barnet Public Transport like. The necessity of a car will depend very much upon where exactly a given property is located. It is sometimes overlooked that Barnet, as a council, covers a fairly wide geographic area on the fringes of London. It therefore includes locations that are urbanised, sub-urbanised and semi-rural. If a given property is in one of the quieter and more remote parts of this fairly large area, many people may consider a motor car to be virtually essential in terms of reaching shops, schools and public transport connections.
By contrast, other parts of Barnet are extremely well connected in terms of bus, rail and underground links. If a property is located in one such area, it might be perfectly possible to do without a car altogether. If a car is being used, Barnet is extremely well positioned on several major road networks including the A1, M1 and A41.
The area contains a number of London underground tube stations (including High Barnet and Totteridge and Whetstone) and several that are directly adjacent to it. It is worth noting that to the western side of Barnet council’s area, there are further extensive underground links in places such as Edgware and Burnt Oak. Transit into central London’s City and West End (Theatreland) districts is fast and easy.
There are also a significant number of bus services providing links to other local areas and further afield. Some of these run late at night and a current list is available here.
New Barnett has a mainline railway station that connects to Welwyn Garden City to the north and Moorgate or King’s Cross in central London to the south.This is an excellent service that is particularly popular with commuters.
Access to airports and the continent
This part of London is ideally positioned to access both Heathrow and Luton airports. Stansted to the east and Gatwick to the south are also relatively easily accessed around the M25. The nearest channel ports for ferries to continental Europe would probably be Portsmouth and Newhaven, if measured by typical transit times by road. The fast rail services into King’s Cross also link to the adjacent Eurostar service from St Pancras and on to Paris, Brussels and elsewhere.
The role of transport in and around Barnet council area
The extensive road network has always offered fast access to the north, west, and southwest. Inevitably at peak times, roads leading off to the south east and the centre of London can be very busy and congested. However, the superb Underground and even mainline connections from Barnet into the centre of London have helped make the area exceptionally desirable for commuters seeking ease of access to the commercial centre of the United Kingdom whilst sitting on the edge of the Hertfordshire countryside. This area is not subject to London motor vehicle congestion charging regulations.
Barnet area is fortunate in having a very diversified and developed transport infrastructure. Prior to 1963 Barnett was in Hertfordshire and it has maintained aspects of its county status in terms of its culture and surroundings. That has not been lost, even though its transport facilities are so attractive to those looking for the best of city and countryside living. Plenty of tube access points, mainline collections and good road links will all continue to add to the area’s overall attractions.
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