Why Crawley is a commuter hotspot ...

Commuter hotspots SUS-170327-115335001
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Crawley is among the best commuter towns in the country.

That’s according to new research into London’s commuter hotspots. It shows that Crawley is 54th out of 80-plus towns in the south east.

Even better - at number eight in the rankings - is Horley. And Three Bridges has been ranked at number 26.

The towns have been graded on factors including travel time to London by train, cost of a season ticket, life satisfaction and house prices.

For people in Crawley, the average travel time to London is 43 minutes and rail travel costs per year are £4,980.

Life satisfaction in the town is scored at 7.74 out of 10 and the average cost of a house in Crawley is said to be £318,484.

The research was carried out by TotallyMoney.com who found that Swanley in Kent was London’s best overall commuter town, closely followed by Bushey in Hertfordshire.

Figures for Horley show that the average travel time to London is 35 minuts and costs around £4,060 a year.

Life satisfaction is rated eight out of town, and the average price of a house is £410,320.

For people in Three Bridges, the average travel time to the capital is 36 minutes and rail costs are £4,388 a year.

Life satisfaction is rated at 7.74 out of 10, and the average house price is £318,484.

TotallyMoney.com spokesman Joe Gardiner said of the research: “Like so many decisions in life, finding the perfect place you can call home is about balancing what’s important to you.

“Our research has found that more affordable housing and a greater overall satisfaction with life is a powerful draw for people looking to get out of London.”

Figures for neighbouring Horsham show train travel time to London is 59 minutes and costs £4,836 annually. Life satisfaction is rated highly at 8.14 out of 10 and the average cost of a house in the town is £454,052.

In Haywards Heath, it takes 49 minutes to reach the capital by train and and costs £4,980 a year in train fares. Life satisfaction is rated at 8.05 out of 10 and the average house price is £473,719.