Basildon, Essex, England
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Basildon district lies in the southern part of Essex 30 miles east of London. Covering some 42.5 square miles the district includes the towns of Basildon, Billericay and Wickford.
With excellent road and rail links to London, the rest of the County and South East England, Basildon has much to offer. Only seven miles of major roads separate Basildon from the M25, and the Channel ports and tunnel are within easy reach.
London Stansted Airport is 25 minutes drive away and London's Gatwick Airport is just an hour away. Basildon is one of the most successful of English towns with a flourishing business community and a vibrant regional shopping centre.
More than 200 major stores and shops attract customers from a catchment population in excess of one million within half an hour's drive. In contrast, Billericay is a combination of historic and modern. It retains some of its old world charm yet has a thriving industrial estate and modern shopping facilities and services.
Official Basildon District website: www.basildon.gov.uk