Half hour commuters save £358,000 on house prices

Commuters who live around half an hour's train journey from London, in places like Hemel Hempstead, Beaconsfield, Woking, Stevenage, Brentwood and Luton, pay £283,000 for a property on average.

That means a typical saving of £358,000 compared with buying somewhere to live in central London. Their annual rail pass is just under £4,000 on average, Lloyds said.

Half hour commuters save £358,000 on house prices Credit: PA

For those commuting into England's second and third largest cities, Birmingham and Manchester, living further afield does not necessarily pay off. Lloyds said the average Birmingham property price is £40,000, whereas Solihull, which is 15 minutes away has a typical property price £274,257.

The typical property value in the centre of Manchester is £134,873, which is lower than the average house price in nearby areas such as Stockport, at £192,172, Macclesfield at £231,118, Warrington, at £173,581 and Chorley, at £166,107.

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Commuters to the capital save £380,000 on housing

Research has found that commuters who spend an hour-long train journey into London are saving around £380,000 on their average house price compared with the cost of living in the heart of the capital.