The UK’s best-value commuter towns have been revealed. And Grays in Essex takes the top spot for those travelling to work into London.
Zoopla has compiled the list of most affordable towns for those looking to live within an hour’s travel time of five of the UK’s biggest cities.
Laura Howard is consumer expert at Zoopla, which is one of the UK’s leading property listings sites.
She said: “The new season ticket prices come into effect this month, much to the frustration of millions of commuters across Britain.
“Those looking to relocate to save money should pay close attention to these figures.”
Affordable commuter towns
And she added: “The past decade has seen significant property price growth in prime London commuter belt towns. But, despite this, our analysis still picks out pockets across south-east England that represent affordable value for commuters.
“Areas outside London and the south-east are generally more affordable. But commuters can still save money on their daily travel into the likes of Birmingham and Bristol by looking at towns they might not have yet considered but still have good transport links.”
As the UK capital and biggest city, London naturally has an enormous commuter belt.
Those looking for the cheapest commute combined with an affordable mortgage should be looking at Grays.
According to Zoopla, the annual cost of mortgage and rail season ticket from the Essex town is £15,008. The rail link offers a 41-minute journey into Fenchurch Street station.
The Bedfordshire town of Leagrave is the next best-value commute for London-bound workers.
Those with a mortgage who take the train into the city will spend £15,399 annually on a 55-minute trip into London Bridge.
Next up is Crayford in Kent for a combined mortgage-season ticket of £15,662 for a 41-minute journey into Charing Cross.
Best value in the Midlands
For the UK’s second biggest city of Birmingham, the place offering the best value for commuting and living costs is Wolverhampton. A daily rail trip of just 20 minutes and annual living costs from the Black Country city to Birmingham will cost £7,483.
Hindley in Greater Manchester does the business for Manchester-bound commuters. They face a 58-minute rail trip and annual costs of £6,883.
Across in the West Country, the South Wales town of Newport is actually the ideal spot from which to commute into Bristol. The travel time of 35 minutes adds to combined mortgage and rail costs of £10,116.
Looking north, the Fife town of Dunfermline is the best place for travelling to work into Edinburgh. Combined mortgage and season ticket costs are £7,530 a year.