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The Jam called for Woking to change for the better in their 1982 No.1 single Town Called Malice - a song based on singer Paul Weller's Surrey upbringing - and it seems their cries were heard. The regenerated version of Weller's hometown now attracts young professionals from around London looking to escape from the hustle & bustle of their working lives. Still, like any location in Britain, there's a lot to get your head around.

If you're already searching the area for reputable letting agents, Woking won't let you down. It's just important that you arm yourself with enough local knowledge to use in your first two weeks, which are likely to be taxing otherwise. Below lies a few snippets of key information that you can use as a go-to after your big move.

The lowdown

The base camp for your next chapter in life is part of the London Urban area and around 20 miles away from central London. You'll be adding to an estimated population of 62,796 for the town, along with a figure of 92,400 for the whole government district (the borough of Woking), according to figures from 2009. Jonathan Lord, of the Conservative party, currently stands as Woking's Member of Parliament.

Given its central location, Woking benefits from London's mild winters and respectable summer temperatures. To experience sunnier climes, you'll usually have to venture further South.

Transport

Rail - Trains to London Waterloo take around 25-30 minutes from Woking railway station, which runs services across the Alton Line, Portsmouth Direct Line, South Western Line and West of England Main Line. Trains to stops in between the two locations run twice hourly.

Bus - Woking's bus services are operated by the green and white of Arriva and, on occasion, Abellio Surrey. Both have websites where timetables can be found.

Parking - Parking permits are only available to those situated within the Woking, Brookwood and West Byfleet Controlled Parking Zones, who don't have an adequate garage or driveway to store their car. A total of five different permits can be obtained, with each type linked to a particular postcode. To find a suitable permit for your own residence, you'll need to search at woking.gov.uk.

Schools

If you're moving your family over, you'll be pleased to here that Woking plays host to a range of Secondary schools, including Bishop David Brown School, St John the Baptist School and Woking High School. Private schools include Hoe Bridge, St Andrew's, Oakfield School and Halstead girls' School.

The town also has a college - aptly named Woking college - which provides an eduction for over 16s. Many private schools around the area also offer A-level subjects to those aged 16+.

Prospects

Everyone wants to own a property in a town with aspirations, right? Well Woking is no different. Through the Woking 2027 project, there's every chance of more positive developments to take place around the town. Under the six main objectives, the council plans to build on a strong community spirit, a transport system that is thoroughly accessible and a safe environment.

In addition, the two main shopping centres - the Peacocks and Wolsey Walk - along with the local library are also set for a revamp. Workers finished the Peacocks first stage of development in early 2012, while Woking library is set to be extended later in the year.

About the author: Stephen Dedalus started his career as market analyst and has worked for many companies for the last 5 years. After a long gap he has started sharing his experience with his readers and has written many articles on letting agents.

 
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