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Swanley named UK's top commuting hotspot

Swanley named UK's top commuting hotspot

The Kent town of Swanley has been named as the number one commuting hotspot in the UK.

Swanley has ranked top in new rankings from property site Zoopla, which show that average house prices in the town have risen by 10.78 per cent over the last 12 months - the highest growth of any commuter town in the country.

Swanley: An ideal location for commuting into London

Zoopla's data shows that the average price of a property in Swanley currently stands at £375,066 following this increase, making it a relatively affordable location for commuters travelling into London each day. The UK capital is handily situated just 15 miles from the Kent town and can be reached easily via coach travel, which is a much less cramped alternative to busy rush hour trains.

Zoopla spokesman Lawrence Hall commented: "An easy commute into the office is often very near the top of the property wishlist for those looking to move home, and these figures show just how valuable it can be to live within easy reach of a city centre."

So, aside from Swanley, where else in the UK was named as a fast-growing commuting hotspot?

Britain's other commuter hotspots

The Gloucestershire town of Dursley was named as the country's second fastest-growing commuter spot, after Zoopla's data showed that average house prices in the area rose by 9.71 per cent to reach £297.581 over the last year. The town is only around a 45-minute drive from Bristol, making it an ideal location for people who work in the city but want to live a little further afield.

In third place was Bromsgrove, which is situated within easy reach of Birmingham for commuters into the UK's second-biggest city. Property prices in Bromsgrove rose by an average of 9.61 per cent last year to reach a median of £301,384.

Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire was ranked as the second-best place to live for commuters into London, recording an average house price increase of 9.18 per cent over the past 12 months.

Meanwhile, Blaydon-on-Tyne, which isn't too far from Newcastle, completed the top five.

In sixth place was Belper, a popular residential location for those commuting into nearby Nottingham each day, while Ilkley (popular among commuters into Leeds) came in seventh place.

The eighth spot on the list was taken by Atherstone, which is well-connected to Birmingham, ninth place went to nearby Warwick, and Bingley - another location in reasonable proximity to Leeds - completed the top ten, after its average property prices increased by 7.91 per cent in the last 12 months to reach £231,536 in total.

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