Britain’s best value commuter hotspots revealed

Britain’s best value commuter hotspots revealed

By Property News Team

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As the rail ticket price hike kicks in, here are the most cost-effective places for commuters to live.

Colchester in Essex has topped the list as the best value commuter hotspot for London.

According to Zoopla’s Commuters Affordability Index, Britain’s oldest recorded town offers the cheapest combined annual mortgage and season ticket costs of £13,288, with a 49-minute commute into Liverpool Street station.

At the other end of the scale, St Albans, Hertfordshire, was named the priciest commuter town, with combined costs of £21,405. However, travelling into London takes just 21 minutes.

For sale: Five-bedroom semi-detached house on Creffield Road, Colchester, for £825,000

RankTownAverage annual mortgage costsSeason ticket cost 2019Combined annual mortgage and season ticket costTravel time
1.Colchester£9,036£4,252£13,28849 minutes
2.Huntingdon£8,871£4,496£13,36757 mins
3.Peterborough£6,550£7,068£13,61849 mins
4.Manningtree£8,141£5,612£13,75359 mins
5.Bedford£9,369£4,568£13,93747 mins
6.Milton Keynes£9,436£4,600£14,03644 mins
7.Sittingbourne£9,276£4,836£14,11259 mins
8.Luton£9,337£4,988£14,32532 mins
9.Chatham£9,319£5,240£14,55943 mins
10.Folkestone£9,155£5,424£14,57957 mins

Commuting into Bristol

Moving westwards, Wales dominates the rankings for Bristol, with two of the three top commuter towns into the city located there. Cwmbran comes in first place, with modest combined costs of £7,535 and a commute time of 58 minutes.

But for those prioritising convenience over cost, Bath Spa offers a commute time of just 14 minutes but with a price premium of £13,536.

For sale: Four-bedroom detached house in Henllys, Cwmbran, for £399,950

RankTownAverage annual mortgage costsSeason ticket cost 2019Combined annual mortgage and season ticket costTravel time
1.Cwmbran£4,839£2,696£7,53558 mins
2.Newport (Gwent)£5,373£3,020£8,39335 mins
3.Taunton£7,241£3,104£10,34537 mins
4.Bridgwater£7,370£3,156£10,52655 mins
5. Gloucester£6,804£3,848£10,65254 mins

Commuting into Birmingham

Heading up to Birmingham, Wolverhampton offers the best value (£5,946) with a commute time of just 17 minutes, compared with the county town of Warwick, which is the costliest at £14,122 and a 24-minute travel time.

For sale:**Seven-bedroom semi-detached house**in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, for £340,000

RankTownAverage annual mortgage costsSeason ticket cost 2019Combined annual mortgage and season ticket costTravel time
1.Wolverhampton£5,101£845£5,94616 mins
2.Rowley Regis£5,379£680£6,05919 mins
3.Stoke-On-Trent£4,006£3,184£7,19049 mins
4.Telford Central£5,446£1,876£7,32236 mins
5.Derby£5,451£3,416£8,86737 mins

Commuting into Manchester

Burnley takes the top spot, with costs of £4,923 and a 45-minute travel time. Conversely, Altrincham is the most expensive place to commute from, costing £10,519 and a 27-minute travel time.

For sale:**Seven-bedroom house**on Billington Road, Burnley, for £600,000

RankTownAverage annual mortgage costsSeason ticket cost 2019Combined annual mortgage and season ticket costTravel time
1.Burnley£3,047£1,876£4,92345 mins
2.Rochdale£4,396£1,192£5,58815 mins
3.Accrington£3,720£1,876£5,59657 mins
4.Blackburn£3,959£1,876£5,83550 mins
5.St Helens£4,164£2,032£6,19649 mins

Commuting into Edinburgh

Commuters in Motherwell are the least hit in the pocket, with combined mortgage and travel costs of £5,639 and a 48-minute commute. And coastal Delmany is the priciest commuter hotspot at £10,366, but comes with a convenient travel time of 20 minutes.

For sale:**Four-bedroom detached house**on Jerviston Street, Motherwell, for £350,000

RankTownAverage annual mortgage costsSeason ticket cost 2019Combined annual mortgage and season ticket costTravel time
1.Motherwell£3,763£1,876£5,63948 mins
2.Falkirk£4,110£1,876£5,98630 mins
3.Carluke£4,250£1,876£6,12654 mins
4.Bathgate£5,155£1,192£6,34728 mins
5.Interkeithing£4,679£2,032£6,71127 mins

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