Commuting Towns

Posted: 8th July 2019

Top Three Commuting Towns in Essex

When looking for a new build development, one of the main things to consider is the location. With plenty of regular transport links to the capital, commuter towns are a great option for those who want to live away from London, but still need to regularly travel into the city centre for work.

Essex’s reputation has been somewhat driven by TOWIE in recent years. However, there’s more to the county than meets the eye. With excellent schools, good value homes and fantastic direct transport links to London, Essex is a UK hotspot for commuters. Here are three great Essex locations from Granville Developments to think about when choosing your new build home.


Despite what the TV shows, Essex isn’t all fake tans and high heels. Chelmsford is the county’s only city, boasting a rich heritage with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Chelmsford also possesses a revamped high street of stores and high-ranking state schools. With one of the fastest commutes to London Liverpool Street station from Essex, Chelmsford is an ideal location for any professionals looking to settle down outside of London.


Situated on the River Blackwater, Braintree is peaceful and idyllic as well as being a sought-after town with rail links to Liverpool Street Station (Braintree is on the Branch line in to Witham). Situated in the north of Essex, Braintree offers contemporary shopping and dining establishments. It is also most famous for its designer outlet village, which boasts up to 60% off a variety of designer labels. For families looking to move away from the busy city life but need to stay connected for their jobs, Braintree District offers a wide range of choice for all the family; with high performing public schools in Gosfield and nearby Felsted, as well as lots of entertainment choices including the Chelmsford Race Course at Great Leighs.


As one of Britain’s oldest towns, Colchester offers its residents a slice of history with medieval streets and the old quarter. In the middle of its historic walls, the town is a buzz with modern shops, theatres and festivals as well as University of Essex located in the heart of Colchester. What’s more, the town is perfect for commuters to London. There are currently trains running into London every 7 minutes from Colchester’s main station.

Granville Developments are delighted to offer a variety of new build homes in Essex and Suffolk. If you would like to view our full range of ongoing residential property developments or would like more information about upcoming developments, please contact our sales team today on 01376 574599