Bea Mitchell & Lizzie Rivera

The 40 essential facts you need to know about Crossrail

The new high-speed Crossrail route will drastically cut journey times into the capital from 2018, changing the lives of millions of Londoners and suburban commuters.

Nothing boosts the value of homes more than a major transport upgrade and Crossrail is already providing a catalyst for regeneration.

Running from Reading in the west to Shenfield in the east, this is the first direct connection between all of London's main employment centres and Heathrow airport. Up to 24 trains an hour will run during peak periods, boosting London's rail transport capacity by 10 per cent.

Join us as we take a tour of the new homes hotspots along the 75-mile route. 

Top 25: up-and-coming Zone 3 areas to watch

London buyers are heading for Zone 3, where homes are 41 per cent cheaper on average than in Zone 2 - at £474,569 compared with £797,410. 

Zone 3 buyers can still feel they are in the heart of the capital as a transport revolution slashes journey times to central London and the City.

A new Thameslink station will serve the new district of Brent Cross Cricklewood, the Overground is being extended east to Barking, the proposed Bakerloo line extension will cut through south-east London to Beckenham -  and the Crossrail buzz is making hotspots of Zone 3 districts such as Ealing. 

Developers are in step, building homes complete with “lifestyle” packages and creating new town centres. We reveal the average house prices and best areas of Zone 3 to start your property search… VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE