Another year, another rail fare increase, and now agents are looking to help commuters find an affordable place to live while keeping their London salary.
Online agent Yopa and the rather more traditional firm of Jackson-Stops have both issued league tables based on variables such as local house prices, cost of season tickets, car parking costs and whether you can always get a seat on the train.
Yopa has also used data on local pubs (we think you’d need a drink after forking out for this year’s season ticket) to work out the best commuting towns for buyers.
Leagrave in Bedfordshire comes out on top with an average house price of £257,219.
Drawbacks are that it has higher than average crime rates and travel time into St Pancras is among the longest at 38 minutes, while season ticket rail prices are hefty at £5,256 a year.
It is followed by Reading and Luton.
However, it is Luton which earns the top place in Jackson-Stops’ league.
It commends Luton’s average house price of £252,898, a 24-minute journey time and a £5,256 season ticket (before annual parking costs of £840). Luton appears to have got over its accolade of being the worst place to live in the UK, according to Reddit last year.
Second and third in the Jackson-Stops league table are Dorking and Slough – which comes fifth in the Yopa league.