The Elizabeth Line, previously known as Crossrail, is set to open on May 24th, 2022. Working from home continues to be the new normal for many workers who previously needed to live within the central London zones. As a result, demand has increased for property further out in London’s suburbs and the Home Counties.
In light of this, we take a look at Crossrail suburbs and stops to the west of London. Despite its many delays, the new Elizabeth line has already brought a new lease of life to neighbourhoods along its route. Crossrail stations will connect residents with central London without them needing to change trains.
Starting with Hayes & Harlington in zone 5, we take a look at westerly Crossrail suburbs that offer great options for both buyers and tenants. We’ll also include some sales and rental developments close to the new Crossrail stations.
Existing TfL rail services already provide swift connections into Paddington from stations on the Crossrail route. However, once Crossrail opens, demand for properties in the areas close to these stations is expected to rise.
This is because normal buyers tend to wait until services are up and running. Investors have already provided an initial boost in demand by buying well in advance of transport upgrades, but a second increase can be expected once Crossrail is fully operational.
Crossrail stations to the west of central London
Hayes & Harlington Crossrail station
One stop along from Southall, Hayes & Harlington sits within the London borough of Hillingdon, offering a very attractive option to commuters looking to buy or rent on the Crossrail line west. Great Western Railway and TfL Rail services currently run from Hayes & Harlington. However, once Crossrail is fully operational, up to ten services per hour will run to Reading and Paddington.
Two of the highest-rated new developments in the area are purpose-built schemes for renters. be:here Hayes offers renters a selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments, with benefits such as all-inclusive bills and fully furnished homes. Fizzy Hayes offers both townhouses and apartments to rent, as Harry Downes, Managing Director of Fizzy Living, explains:
“Hayes is one of our most diverse sites having both townhouses and apartments available. It has great outdoor areas and a co-working space for young families and professionals to enjoy. Once Crossrail opens, central London will be just 20 minutes away, allowing our residents to make the most of all London has to offer.”
West Drayton Crossrail station
West Drayton, also in Hillingdon, is located only 3km north of Heathrow Airport. This small town is also within easy reach of the Colne Valley Regional Park, offering residents access to a huge area of green spaces, parks and reservoirs around the River Colne and Grand Union Canal.
Elizabeth Line services will eventually run six times per hour from West Drayton Crossrail station. This will allow commuters to travel straight into central London without changing trains. Rail services to Heathrow are also extremely swift for residents here.
Iver Crossrail station
The first of the Crossrail stations located outside London boroughs, Iver Crossrail station is actually located in the village of Richings Park. The large Buckinghamshire civil parish of Iver is served by the station, and offers commuters an appealing option within easy reach of Colne Valley Regional Park, part of which lies within the parish. The renowned Pinewood Studios complex is also located here.
At peak times, four Crossrail services per hour will run through Iver Station once the route is fully opened. The redesigned station offers step-free access from platform to street, as well as new waiting rooms and improved customer information screens and signage.
Langley Crossrail station
Langley is a small village in Buckinghamshire, just two miles from the centre of Slough. Langley Airfield was home to the Hawker Aircraft Company responsible for the Hurricane aircraft made famous in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. Although the factory was demolished in 1998, street names in the area still refer to the village’s proud aviation history.
Crossrail services from Langley will run up to four time per hour, providing swift services to Reading and into central London.
Slough Crossrail station
Although a major UK trading centre for many years, the addition of a Crossrail station will connect Slough with central London and increase the area’s appeal to commuters. One of the most diverse towns in the UK, Slough has also seen major redevelopment works in recent years, benefitting from new green spaces as well as modernised infrastructure.
Slough Station is a Grade II listed buildings, so required sensitive upgrades for the arrival of Crossrail. The area around the station has also been improved and developed. Crossrail services from Slough will run six times an hour at peak times, four at other times.
Burnham Crossrail station
Burnham station is located just south of the village of Burnham. The station is located in Berkshire, while the village of Burnham is just across the border in Buckinghamshire. The village’s high street boasts a large number of historic buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Its proximity to Pinewood Studios has led to Burnham and its surroundings being used as a location for movies such as Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
The M4 motorway runs close to the village, making it a convenient spot for commuters regardless of transport methods. Crossrail will put this small conurbation on the map, with up to four trains per hour running into central London.
Taplow Crossrail station
The small, picturesque Buckinghamshire village of Taplow sits on the River Thames facing Maidenhead on the opposite bank. It boasts two conservation areas – Taplow Village and Taplow Riverside Conservation Areas – and offers commuters a taste of village life with outstanding transport connections.
Services from Taplow Crossrail station will eventually run up to four times per hour, providing direct routes through central London and on to Abbey Wood. The historic station, built in 1872, is undergoing extensive modernisation works to improve services and provide step-free access.
Maidenhead Crossrail station
The next Crossrail station along is in the market town of Maidenhead. Situated on the banks of the River Thames, Maidenhead is the fourth largest town in Berkshire. It offers a wide variety of property options for commuters, with many residents travelling to Slough, Reading or London for work.
Great Western Railway services connect Maidenhead Station with Paddington, with the fastest routes taking just 16minutes. Crossrail services will run directly through central London from Maidenhead. Six services will run at peak times and four an hour off-peak. Other services will also run between Maidenhead and Reading.
Twyford Crossrail station
Twyford is a large Berkshire village 6 miles to the east of Reading with a population of around 7,000. Many residents are commuters working in Reading, Wokingham or London, as Twyford already offers excellent travel options even before Crossrail further improves connections.
Twyford Crossrail Station joins the existing station that sits on the Great Western Main Line. Rail services run to Reading, Paddington and up to Henley-on-Thames. Four Crossrail trains an hour will run direct from Twyford through central London at peak times. Off-peak, this will reduce to two per hour.
Reading Crossrail station
Reading sits on the edge of a large Area of Natural Beauty that connects the North Wessex Downs with the Chiltern Hills to the north. As well as Reading itself, this stunning rural area provides commuters with a large number of pretty towns and villages within easy reach of the Crossrail terminus.
Fast trains already run direct from Reading into Paddington. However, Reading Crossrail services will allow passengers to travel straight into central London without changing trains. At peak times, six trains an hour will run directly into central London. Four an hour will run at other times. Other Crossrail services will run between Reading and the Maidenhead Crossrail station.
Crossrail is now set to open on May 24th, 2022. For the latest news on progress, see Crossrail’s Project Update page.
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