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A £6.5 billion upgrade to the London to Brighton rail route brings low-cost homes on the coast within easier reach.

While the Crossrail project vacuums up all the attention, another monster trans-London rail initiative is quietly forging ahead.
The £6.5 billion Thameslink scheme, which will modernise services between Brighton and London, will be up and running in 2018 — the same year as Crossrail. Network Rail believes the revamp will make commuting to the seaside city a breeze.
This is not to say that the journey, which presently can take just under an hour at best, will be any faster. It is also hard to imagine rail fares getting any cheaper — today’s annual season ticket costs £3,640.
However, the improvement works, which started at London Bridge last year, will reduce chronic overcrowding, allowing Brighton trains to stop at London Bridge during peak hours. This will be a boon for City and Canary Wharf staff who currently have the slightly unappealing choice of Blackfriars or Elephant & Castle.
Network Rail says the improvements will solve the bottleneck at London Bridge, improve reliability and reduce the frequency of the delays that currently plague the line. The other mainline London to Brighton services, into Victoria, will of course continue.
Brighton has become something of a magnet for exiting Londoners who don’t want to give up city centre living when they leave the capital.
It was recently named, alongside Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, and Barcelona, as one of the world’s top 10 beach cities by Lonely Planet. The guide praised its “thriving, cosmopolitan” feel and “bohemian spirit”.

The ripple of money out of the capital saw prices in Brighton and Hove increase enough in the last 12 months to push the city out of the reach of many first-time buyers particularly once they have budgeted for those train fares.
However, housing association Hyde New Homes has just launched a shared-ownership scheme in the city, where buyers will be able to purchase a starter home for well under half the £249,035 average.


Super B: the new development is near Brighton train station

One-bedroom flats at Super B ( start at £110,250 for a 45 per cent share of a property with a full market value of £245,000. Buyers will need a deposit of £11,000, and the housing association requires them to have a minimum household income of £38,000 to ensure they can afford monthly repayments.
Two-bedroom flats at Super B start at £144,000 for a 45 per cent share of a home worth £320,000. Buyers will need to be able to put down a deposit of £14,400, and household income must be at least £50,000.
There are also some three-bedroom homes available, priced at £120,000 for a 30 per cent share of a property with a full price of £400,000. Buyers will need to have a £50,000 annual income and a deposit of £12,000.

The development has a total of 147 flats, and 53 of them are for shared ownership.

Super B is a couple of minutes’ walk from Brighton train station in an area known as the New England Quarter, a formerly run-down expanse of train sheds and workshops.
It has now been almost completely redeveloped with hundreds of apartments and a handful of shops built. It is less than a mile from the retail heaven that is The Laines and, of course, the seafront.


Affordable homes: 53 of the 147 flats at Super B are for shared ownership

“Super B is perfectly placed to enjoy all that Brighton has to offer,” said a spokesman for Hyde. “The highly popular North Laine, lined with independent boutiques and artisan cafés is a short walk away, while the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier landmarks are also close by.
“From striking Art Deco buildings on the seafront to the quaint city village of Kemp Town, Brighton offers a rich and diverse atmosphere, all within easy reach.”

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