Great news, Bedfordians! Your town has taken the prize for best commuter town in the county of Bedfordshire, outplaying its competitors Luton, Biggleswade, Sandy, and Leighton Buzzard. The decision was made based on several factors including location and commute length, community and quality of life, housing affordability, and school system.
Location & Commute Length
Although Bedford is the furthest north of London compared to other larger towns in Bedordshire county, you can easily find yourself in London and other places in the UK in no time due to the strong transportation system. In fact, it will take you just under 40 minutes by train to get to London St Pancras. This is perfect for all commuters out there who want to enjoy a life away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Bedford is considered particularly liveable due to its friendly community and the high quality of life it offers its residents. Bedfordians get front row seats to two popular festivals hosted in this town: International Kite Festival and Bedford River Festival, the latter being the second largest free outdoor event in the country following Notting Hill Carnival.
With Bedford being situated on the River Ouse, the town’s residents can enjoy many water-based activities, such as kayaking and canoeing. For those of you who like to savour green views, Bedford is highly commended for its open spaces. Bedford Park and Priory Country Park contain fantastic woodland and nature trails. Keep Britain Tidy has awarded both parks with a Green Flag Status, which commends high-quality parks throughout the country and acts as a testament for clean and well maintained places.
What also makes Bedford an attractive location is house affordability. The average house price in Bedford is £297,559 which is less than the county’s average. This presents a great opportunity for people looking to raise a family without compromising on the good things in life.
Having a strong educational system is another plus for families choosing to reside in Bedford. The town is home to two acclaimed independent schools, the Bedford School and Bedford Modern School, and also boasts strong local state schools including the Sharnbrook Academy and St Thomas More Catholic School area. The town is also home to the University of Bedfordshire.
Without a doubt, Bedford has worked hard to earn the rank of Bedfordshire’s ideal commuter town!
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