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London’s most affordable commuter towns revealed


Some pockets of the capital’s commuter belt are likely to offer a more affordable lifestyle than others, reports the website Best Advice on the 3rd of January 2018.

This comes as good news for rail passengers in general – faced with a New Year hike in fares of an average of 3.1% - and commuters to London already paying as much as an estimated 15% of their salary on the daily journey, according to Cosmopolitan magazine on the 2nd of January 2018.

Top havens for commuters

The article analysed mortgage costs, house prices and commuters’ season tickets costs in 300 towns within the radius of a 75-minute rail journey into central London.

The results revealed 20 of the best – most affordable – towns within this commuter belt and 10 of the most expensive.

The top three 

By combining the costs of housing and commuting with a cash-value on the journey times involved (both ways), the following three towns proved the most affordable:

  • from Apsley, in Hertfordshire’s Chilterns, commuters have a 52-minute round trip to and from London and an annual calculated commuting cost of £1,446; 
  • Ebbsfleet, in Kent, is only 19 minutes away from central London and has an annual calculated commuting cost of £1,516;
  • Tilbury, in Essex, came in at number three, with an annual calculated commuting cost of £1,607 and a total commuting round trip time of 83 minutes. 

Average house prices in these areas are £228k, £242k and £240k respectively.