Luton ranked as top commuter hotspot

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Luton in Bedfordshire is the best place to commute to London based on factors including house prices and journey time, analysis from Jackson-Stops has revealed.

In Luton trains to London take just 24 minutes, prices average £252,896 and property price inflation stands at 10%.

Despite topping the list Luton was voted the ‘worst place to live in the UK’ by Reddit users last year

Nick Leeming, chairman at Jackson-Stops, said: “Luton has prevailed, shaking off the reputation perpetuated by that 1970s Campari advert.

“The Bedfordshire town benefits from fast and frequent trains into the heart of London, comparatively low house prices and strong levels of annual price growth.

“The town is set for further expansion with £1.5bn of inward investment promised over the next couple of years, including a £110m investment into London Luton Airport and £300m into nearby mixed use development Napier Gateway.

“These ongoing projects are expected to create 18,500 new job opportunities in Luton, and a high demand for new homes.”

Other factors taken into account were the cost of an annual travel card to London, the annual parking cost, the minimum interval between trains, a ranking of the train operator and whether you can get a seat on the train.

Dorking in Surrey came second on the list, where annual house growth currently stands at 18% and the cost of annual travel card is cheaper than a number of other areas at £3,536.

Slough in Berkshire, Tonbridge in Kent and Weybridge in Surrey were ranked in joint third place.

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