EIGHTEEN areas of Essex have been named among the best places to live for London commuters.

The Telegraph newspaper and Savills estate agents have ranked 100 commuter towns against ten criteria like travel time, house prices, and the cost of a season ticket.

An interactive list published online lets commuters reshuffle the list depending on which criteria are most important to them.

On the unfiltered list, Basildon is named as the best town in Essex to live in for people commuting into the capital and the third best in the country.

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Why is Basildon the best commuter town in Essex?

The Telegraph says Basildon has “long been a favourite with those commuting into the city”, with the commute taking 35 minutes via three stations.

It adds house prices in Basildon are “considerably cheaper” than in some of the town’s rural neighbours.

Echo: Basildon has been named the best commuter town in Essex by The TelegraphBasildon has been named the best commuter town in Essex by The Telegraph (Image: Google Street View)

Where are the best commuter towns in Essex?

Here are the 18 best commuter towns in Essex according to The Telegraph’s unfiltered list:

  1. Basildon
  2. Chelmsford
  3. Brentwood
  4. Chalkwell
  5. Shenfield
  6. Harlow
  7. Southend
  8. Billericay
  9. Laindon
  10. Colchester
  11. Pitsea
  12. Grays
  13. Benfleet
  14. Tilbury
  15. Leigh
  16. Rayleigh
  17. Wickford
  18. Witham