FOR a small city, parts of Oxford can seem worlds apart. Many will baulk at the idea of moving into a £1.45 million four-bedroom apartment as downsizing, particularly as first-time buyers struggle to get onto the property ladder as prices continue to rise.

Perhaps those living next to transport hubs can console themselves that the odd rumble of a train can add an extra £40,000 to the value of their property.

Those in places such as Radley will be able to cash in on their connectivity.

Or become a train enthusiast and you are practically being paid to enjoy your hobby.