Motherwell is best value for commuters to the capital

Motherwell presents the best value for people working in Edinburgh according to bank
Motherwell presents the best value for people working in Edinburgh according to bank

Motherwell has been named as Scotland’s most affordable commuter town for people working in Edinburgh.

A Bank of Scotland study examined house prices in towns within an hour’s commute of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and measured them against average earnings, both locally and in relation to the nearest city.

Despite being almost 40 miles away, Motherwell topped the Edinburgh list with an average house price of £130,268 compared to £225,133 in the capital.

Motherwell also placed second for Glasgow, Greenock was first with an average house price of £120,927 compared to £161,623 in Scotland’s largest city.

The report on Aberdeen found Arbroath was best value with an average house price of £127,497 compared to £210,522 in the granite city.

A separate study, How Scotland Lives, found a shorter commute to work led to increased happiness, with those with less than a 15-minute journey claiming to be happiest.

Graham Blair, mortgage director at Bank of Scotland, said: “The length of the commute to work is a key factor when deciding where to set up home. Scotland has some great commuter towns where considerable savings on property can be made.

“However, the decision to commute is not one that should be made just on the finances. We know from our How Scotland Lives research that those who don’t have to travel long distances to work are often happier.

“There are many things to take into account when looking for a new home, not just the journey time to work, quality of schools, sense of space and sense of community are also important.”

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes