Borough communities are top of the list in commuter life survey

How it is planned to develop Purfleet.

PURFLEET has been ranked as the top town to commute to London from in a new survey. Grays came sixth and Tilbury was 34th in the survey of 116 locations stretching from Peterborough in the north, Swindon in the west, Colchester in the east and Brkghton in the south.

The survey, organised by the credit broker Totally Money,  looked at average house price, length of commute time into London by train, the cost of an annual season rail ticket, and the town’s life satisfaction score.

The news is timely for Purfleet, which is poised for a massive regeneration programme that will bring thousands of news as well as a new rail station and town centre. Purfleet-on-Thames Community Forum vice chair Trevor Batchelor said: “It is good to see Purfleet has been recognised as London’s No. 1 commuter hotspot.”

That view was reflected by Thurrock Council leader Rob Gledhill who said: “With places like Purfleet and Grays going through a regeneration, there is always an attractiveness for those in London to come out to the area. We are doing our utmost to ensure that all of Thurrock is continuously improving and I was really pleased to see a number of towns in the top ten. It shows that Thurrock is the place to be right now.”

John Allen, vice chairman of Thurrock Council’s planning, transport and regeneration committee, added: “I consider Thurrock an important part of the country and in Essex, it is a popular place. I believe people like to live here and with the rail links being good, they are in such close proximity to be able to work in London.”

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