A STUDY by a property website has found Hindley is the most affordable commuter town to live within an hour of Manchester.

After researching combined season ticket and mortgage costs, Zoopla worked out the best value locations to live within an hour's drive of five cities, including Manchester.

And it was discovered Hindley offers the most value for money for Manchester commuters.

Here are Greater Manchester’s most affordable commuter towns, according to Zoopla, with the postcode and the typical combined annual mortgage and season ticket cost for 2020:

1. Hindley, WN2, £6,883.38

2. Wigan, WN1, £6,887.38

3. Bolton, BL2, £7,054.16

4. Rochdale, OL11, £7,062.76

5. Westhoughton, BL5, £7,190.16

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The research made certain assumptions about typical mortgage costs, which were based on someone having a two or three bedroom home and a 15 per cent deposit for their mortgage.

Travel times and the 2020 annual railcard costs were taken from the National Rail enquiries website.