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Probably the most reasonably priced city for London commuters has a riverside setting

Commuters returning to work this week discovered themselves paying the largest rise in prepare fares for 5 years.

Some, like nurse Nicki Weston, mentioned they’d be on the lookout for new jobs exterior London, because the journey was not reasonably priced.

Her expertise underlines the dilemma for each commuter in south east England.

How will you transfer out of the capital to search out cheaper lodging, however with out paying a fortune in fares, or spending hours on the prepare?

So utilizing the newest knowledge on housing prices, and 2018 season ticket costs, we’ve got calculated which cities within the South East at the moment are probably the most reasonably priced for London commuters to reside in.


Of 18 areas we checked out, the perfect worth for these eager to hire is Chatham, on the Medway estuary in North Kent.

Regardless that the worth of a season ticket – £four,124 – seems costly, renting a two or three bed room property prices an reasonably priced £866 a month on common, or £10,392 a yr.

The whole residing and journey value is subsequently £14,516, the bottom we discovered inside an affordable commute zone.

In Larger London the equal is £22,604. So renters can save over £eight,000 a yr in Chatham, even after paying for his or her season tickets.

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Chatham enjoys a excessive pace prepare hyperlink to London

Basildon, at a complete value of £14,552, and Luton, at £14,676, weren’t far behind.

Oxford, Guildford and St Albans have been the costliest locations to reside and commute from – by prepare not less than.

For the needs of comparability, residents in London have been assumed to be paying for a zone six annual journey card.

Chatham £10,392 £four,124 £14,516
Basildon £11,700 £2,852 £14,552
Luton £10,500 £four,176 £14,676
Southend £11,544 £three,528 £15,072
Chelmsford £11,544 £three,968 £15,512
Harlow £12,168 £three,344 £15,512
Maidstone £10,788 £5,144 £15,932
Worthing £11,232 £four,752 £15,984
Slough £13,500 £2,628 £16,128
Fleet £12,564 £three,956 £16,520
Hemel H. £12,900 £three,716 £16,616
Tunbridge W. £12,zero12 £four,644 £16,656
Beaconsfield £14,988 £three,180 £18,168
Studying £13,476 £5,300 £18,776
St Albans £15,300 £three,756 £19,056
Guildford £16,176 £three,620 £19,796
Oxford £15,864 £5,096 £20,960
London £20,112 £2,492 £22,604
supply: Hometrack

Dwelling patrons

For these wanting to purchase a two to 3 bed room home or flat, Chatham additionally seems to be probably the most reasonably priced, given the prepare fares.

The whole value for a yr, together with a mean reimbursement mortgage, is £14,924.

In London the equal determine is £25,940. Anybody shifting out to Chatham, subsequently, may save as a lot as £11,zero16.

Within the case of home-ownership, Luton is the second most reasonably priced place to reside, with Basildon a relatively extra distant third.

Against this, St Albans is the costliest place to reside and commute, coming in at £27,504 a yr, making it much more expensive than London itself.

Beaconsfield and Guildford are additionally close to the underside of the record, making them amongst the costliest locations to commute from.

Chatham £10,800 £four,124 £14,924
Luton £11,376 £four,176 £15,552
Basildon £13,356 £2,852 £16,208
Harlow £13,416 £three,344 £16,760
Southend £14,352 £three,528 £17,880
Maidstone £12,972 £5,144 £18,116
Slough £15,924 £2,628 £18,552
Worthing £13,920 £four,752 £18,672
Chelmsford £15,588 £three,968 £19,556
Studying £14,784 £5,300 £20,084
Fleet £16,440 £three,956 £20,396
Tunbridge W. £16,368 £four,644 £21,zero12
Hemel H. £18,084 £three,716 £21,800
Oxford £18,660 £5,096 £23,756
Guildford £20,196 £three,620 £23,816
Beaconsfield £22,392 £three,180 £25,572
London £23,448 £2,492 £25,940
St Albans £23,748 £three,756 £27,504
supply: Hometrack

The Medway cities

The advantages of Chatham apply equally to different cities on the river, together with Rochester and Strood, which have related rail connections to London.

Richard Donnell of Hometrack, which provided the property prices for the analysis, says all of the cities within the space are price contemplating.

“The evaluation exhibits that it is the most reasonably priced areas the place the best value advantages of commuting exist.

North Kent has at all times had good worth for cash. Housing and transport connections have additionally improved, with the excessive pace rail line (HS1) delivering speedy entry to London.”

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There’s already an inflow of Londoners into the Medway, say property brokers

Certainly, St Pancras can now be reached in simply 39 minutes from Chatham, though utilizing this route will value an additional £44 a yr.

The analysis itself is predicated on the price of a season ticket to south London rail stations like London Bridge, Charing Cross or Victoria, which in any case can take as little as 43 minutes.


Native property brokers already report an inflow of Londoners taking refuge from the capital’s costs.

“Lots of people are literally popping out of the London boroughs into the Medway cities, particularly round Chatham, due to the commuting,” says Darren Knapp, the department supervisor of Ward and Companions.

However above all it is the worth for cash that may be discovered within the space.

“The common first-time purchaser can purchase something from £130,000 proper as much as no matter worth they really feel they will afford,” says Mr Knapp.

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St Mary’s Island in Chatham

Among the many extra engaging – and costly – properties are these on close by St Mary’s Island.

Those that wish to personal a ship might discover the marina helpful.

One-bedroomed flats below building listed below are at present on sale from £222,000.

For the reason that Autumn Assertion, such properties are additionally freed from Stamp Obligation for first-time patrons, making them much more compelling for these coming into the property market.

“We’re serving to much more first-time patrons, particularly as a result of Stamp Obligation is not there for them,” says Darren Knapp.

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Homes and flats below £300,000 at the moment are freed from Stamp Obligation for first-time patrons

However after all selecting a spot to reside isn’t just about season ticket and property costs.

There are many different desirability components, such pretty much as good colleges, pubs, or parks.

When the business property firm CBRE analysed the connection between value and desirability in South East commuter cities final yr, it discovered some cities have been distinctly undervalued.

High of its record have been Hatfield, Maidstone and Excessive Wycombe.

Rochester, on the Medway, solely got here tenth.

The identical analysis discovered that Basildon provided the perfect ratio of home costs to commuter prices.

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