The area in South West London with the ‘worst’ transport links

London has one of the best transport systems in the world with tunnels and railways transporting passengers throughout the city. But although the capital has some itineraries to choose from, there are some areas that leave a lot to be desired.

Places where the idea of ​​getting somewhere quickly is a foreign concept and checking the timetable before you leave is an absolute must. And in some part of South West London, the transport links will have you wondering whether it’s better to just take your journey on foot rather than wait for a train.

Roehampton is home to the University of Roehampton and the spacious student campus. It is in Zone 3 of South West London and has a hospital – Queen Mary’s which is near the University on Roehampton Lane. Next to the university and hospital, Roehampton offers easy access to the largest of the Royal Parks – Richmond Park.

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Roehampton gives access to Richmond Park, but it’s a bit of a struggle to get there

But while this leafy neighborhood attracts thousands of people every day, as well as the locals who go about their lives, getting in and out of Roehampton isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

If you’ve ever been looking for a visit and you think you’ve found a station named after this part of London, you’re sadly mistaken. The nearest station in this area is Barnes Station.

Located in the village of Barnes, this train station is mostly covered with dense trees under a bridge over a narrow road. Although it is a reasonable 23 minute journey on the National Rail to Barnes station from London Waterloo, once you get there you will usually need to use buses to get around.

Barnes Station is the closest station to Roehampton

To get to Roehampton’s central point, the University, it takes a 14 minute walk or 6 minute bus ride.

The nearest tube station to Roehampton is Putney Bridge station on the Wimbledon branch of the District Line. Putney Bridge is five stops from the end of the District Line and a 13-minute bus ride from Roehampton University.

Otherwise, an alternative route would be to take a seven minute train from Barnes station to Putney station, but as trains tend to run every 10 minutes, keep that in mind.

The other nearest tube station to Roehampton, which offers other tube lines, is Hammersmith Station, about a 30-minute ride on two buses. From this station you can take the Piccadilly, Hammersmith and City, Circle and District lines to central London and other areas.

Putney Bridge station is the closest tube station to Roehampton

If you think it’s better to walk, it will take you about an hour to get to Hammersmith. This means that when you visit Roehampton, you rely heavily on buses to take you from station to station. If the buses are ever on a diversion or strike, it could put you in quite a predicament or cost you money for a taxi.

For an area that has so much to offer you would think it would be easier to get there. Perhaps one day the routes will be better so Londoners can enjoy a slice of this leafy part of South West London.

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