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21/02/2019
The Hertfordshire town of Cheshunt has taken the top spot as the best commuter town, from a survey looking at house prices, length of commute, season ticket cost and resident satisfaction.

Cheshunt has a 26 minute commute with Greater Anglia trains going direct to Liverpool Street. It has a 7.92 resident satisfaction score and a season ticket costs just £2,288.

Hertfordshire faired well in the survey, with six towns taking spots in the top 10 compiled by credit report group TotallyMoney. Waltham Cross, Hatfield, Broxbourne and Hemel Hampstead all scored highly on each area.

However, other popular Hertfordshire commuter towns, such as Harpenden, fell down on house prices. It was 114th out of 116 towns, in spite of its green spaces and excellent schools. Harpenden’s average house price is £808,357 and rail season tickets costing £3,940

Other counties fared less well. Surrey, for example, only managed two towns in the top 25 (Epsom and Walton-on-Thames). At the other end of the rankings, Virginia Water in Surrey and Ascot in Berkshire take the bottom two spots. Average property prices cost £1,13,574 and £814,808 respectively. Combined with commutes of over 45-minutes and season tickets costing £3,060 and £4,604, these towns offer few financial advantages over living in London.

Top 25 London Commuter Hotspots for 2019

Rank Town County Commute Time (mins) Av. House Price Season Ticket Price Life Satisfaction
1 Cheshunt Hertfordshire 26 £384,248 £2,288 7.92
2 Waltham Cross Hertfordshire 28 £390,612 £2,028 7.92
3 High Wycombe Buckinghamshire 30 £331,092 £3,668 7.95
4 Hatfield Hertfordshire 25 £344,459 £2,808 7.83
5 Gravesend Kent 23 £284,497 £3,616 7.76
6 Broxbourne Hertfordshire 32 £408,915 £2,848 7.92
7 Watford Junction Hertfordshire 19 £416,680 £3,204 7.76
8 Basingstoke Hampshire 44 £320,082 £4,604 8.09
9 Overton Hampshire 55 £215,395 £4,740 8.09
10 Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire 26 £361,817 £3,832 7.79
11 Harlow Essex 34 £297,226 £2,288 7.7
12 Didcot Parkway Oxfordshire 43 £311,060 £5,528 8.06
13 Purfleet Essex 33 £214,907 £2,448 7.59
14 Rayleigh Essex 44 £378,427 £4,028 8
15 Potters Bar Hertfordshire 18 £510,539 £2,220 7.65
16 Ebbsfleet Kent 18 £339,462 £4,816 7.7
17 Walton-on-thames Surrey 29 £574,314 £3,036 7.9
18 Staines Middlesex 35 £296,258 £3,024 7.71
19 Maidenhead Berkshire 21 £517,804 £3,188 7.75
20 Hitchin Hertfordshire 30 £407,644 £4,068 7.82
21 Slough Berkshire 21 £354,900 £2,712 7.55
22 Epsom Surrey 36 £519,224 £2,340 7.85
23 Princes Risborough Buckinghamshire 39 £461,332 £3,788 7.95
24 Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire 32 £300,289 £4,600 7.77
25 Baldock Hertfordshire 39 £312,815 £4,448 7.82

 

 

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