New research has found that house prices along the new Crossrail route have rocketed by nearly a quarter.
According to Lloyds Bank, house prices near future Crossrail stations have already seen an average increase of 22% over the past two years – up from £344,242 in 2014 to £420,798 in 2016.
This compares to an average 14% growth for surrounding local authority areas and a 13% rise for Greater London.
The new service – named the Elizabeth Line – will begin operating in May 2017, although the full service stretching from Reading in Berkshire to Shenfield in Essex won’t be operational until December 2019.
Homes in Abbey Wood and Forest Gate, both to the east of London, have seen the biggest price increases.
Abbey Wood is up 47% from £197,077 to £288,789, whilst Forest Gate has increased by 46% from £330,680 to £483,362. Towards the city centre, West Drayton has also seen values climb by 46% from £249,790 to £363,849.
To the west of London, homes in the Burnham area have seen their average house prices jump by 40%, followed by Slough (34%) and Maidenhead (32%). These increases have comfortably outpaced the 15% house price growth for the South-East region as a whole over the past two years.
The most expensive area on the new route is Paddington, where the average house price is just over £1 million. As well as being the most expensive, Paddington house prices have also seen the biggest growth following Royal Assent being granted to the Crossrail project in 2008 – almost doubling (99%) over the past eight years.
To the east of London, homes close to Shenfield are the most expensive (£659,675), and to the west, Langley costs the most (£589,157).