County’s towns rate highly on best-of list for Lon­don com­muters

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by KATY CLIFTON katy.clifton@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Katy_Clifton1

A LIST of Lon­don’s best com­muter towns has just been re­leased and, once again, Buck­ing­hamshire has been put­ting other coun­ties to shame.

Lon­don’s Best Com­muter Towns 2017, pro­duced by credit com­par­i­son web­site To­tally Money.com, ranks 89 of the re­gion’s prime com­mut­ing lo­ca­tions and five Bucks towns fea­ture on this year’s list.

Amer­sham – re­cently crowned Lon­don’s most de­sir­able com­muter town by Amer­i­can real es­tate com­pany CBRE’s De­sir­abil­ity In­dex – ranks highly, in 19th place.

Other Bucks towns to place were High Wycombe, ranked 18th; Ger­rards Cross, at num­ber 31; Bea­cons­field, ranked 56th; and Princes Ris­bor­ough, which came in 59th.

A spokesman for To­tal- lyMoney.com said: “The an­nual anal­y­sis takes into con­sid­er­a­tion not only house price but also jour­ney time, the cost of com­mut­ing and life sat­is­fac­tion.”

Amer­sham res­i­dents, ac­cord­ing to the re­search, spend 32 min­utes com­mut­ing – at an av­er­age an­nual cost of £3,428 a year; life sat­is­fac­tion is rated 7.98 out of 10 and the av­er­age house price is £701,869.

By com­par­i­son, High Wycombe res­i­dents spend 30 min­utes com­mut­ing, at a cost of £4,256. Life sat­is­fac­tion is 7.77 and houses cost £410,979.

Towns with higher house prices were ranked lower on the list, ad­versely af­fect­ing some Bucks towns. On av­er­age, res­i­dents will pay £958,745 in Ger­rards Cross and £1,113,254 in Bea­cons­field.

The Berk­shire towns ofMaiden­head (in sixth) and Slough (ninth) made the top ten and first place went to Swan­ley, which has an av­er­age house price of around £350,000 and a life sat­is­fac­tion score of 8.15.

Other towns sur­round­ing Buck­ing­hamshire to be in­cluded in the list in­clude Berkham­sted and Tring, in 73rd and 82nd, re­spec­tively.

Joe Gar­diner, head of brand and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at To­tal­lyMoney. com, said: “Like so many de­ci­sions in life, find­ing the per­fect place to call home is about bal­anc­ing what is im­por­tant to you.

“Our re­search has found more af­ford­able hous­ing and a greater over­all sat­is­fac­tion with life is a pow­er­ful draw for peo­ple look­ing to get out of Lon­don. If you’re will­ing to spend longer on the train on your morn­ing com­mute, you might find that your ideal lo­ca­tion lies out­side the M25 in one of the ta­ble-top­ping towns.”

GRA­HAME LARTER

Ger­rard’s Cross has the hon­our of be­ing the 31st best com­muter town for Lon­don work­ers to live in

Amer­sham made no 19 on the list CHRIS BERRY NL20149264

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