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Birmingham ranks second most affordable major city for commuting in the UK

According to a study carried out by recruitment website Fish4jobs, Birmingham is the second most affordable city in the UK for rail commuters.

The study examines the affordability of commuting to work by train, comparing the monthly rail ticket against average monthly wages.

Coming second to only Liverpool across 14 cities, it would take just eight hours and 27 minutes for the average worker to pay for their monthly rail ticket into Birmingham.

Leicester is ranked the least affordable of all the cities at 15 hours and 19 minutes, followed closely by Brighton and Bristol.

Expected to be on the least affordable list is London, which unexpectedly ranks fourth ahead of Cardiff, Manchester and Leeds, taking on average nine hours and 13 minutes of working time to pay for a monthly ticket.

Analyst Gary Fenn, at Fish4jobs, comments: "Most of us accept that, if we are commuting into a city, there will be travel costs. But the affordability between cities in the UK can be surprising. Despite Manchester and Liverpool being only 30 miles apart, the average person has to work one hour 45 minutes longer if they travel into Manchester to afford their monthly season ticket compared to someone commuting into Liverpool.”

"London sits high on the table thanks to combination of high average salaries and the relative affordability of the underground. Meanwhile, Leicester workers are spending over 15 hours in the month - around two working days - before they start to see profit after paying for their rail ticket.”

"This table only highlights the disparity between average wages of neighbouring cities, as well as the difference in commuting costs among different transport providers. It just shows that, if you take the train, you should definitely consider commuting cost as a key factor when moving house or changing job."

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