New link to London puts Calderdale firmly on the property map
Calderdale is now really wellconnected and Londoners have their eye on the area, says Stewart Charnock-Bates.
GOOD transport links between work and home have never been more important and speed is of the essence.
I firmly believe there is an intrinsic relationship between these links and property values.
If an area is becoming more desirable because of good quality homes for sale and is also set to be more accessible as a result of improvements to transport links there is potential for good capital growth.
It is on this note that I would firstly like to thank and congratulate Grand Central for providing Calderdale with a new direct train link from Halifax and Brighouse to London.
There will soon be three trains travelling daily by return and the journey between Halifax and London is just two hours 25 minutes.
This is a revolutionary step forward for Calderdale and one which will open many doors.
The employment opportunities created will be vast and I am sure the area will become more attractive to employers in London who may look at relocation options because of cheaper overheads in Calderdale.
Our property is good value, especially compared to the South-East, and we can boast attractive homes, beautiful countryside and plenty of amenities.
This direct access to the capital will also be seen as an advantage by those who want to visit London for its cultural and leisure activities.
We know there is a demand from Londoners who want to visit or relocate to Yorkshire and this rail service will boost that demand.
For more than 10 years now Charnock Bates have had a London base operating from Park Lane and, as such, this has enabled us to introduce many of our West Yorkshire properties to buyers from London and further afield. These are buyers who are either relocating or alternatively looking to buy a second home in the North.
They will be pleased that Grand Central is making our area so much more accessible.
Thanks to communication technology we can educate people about this latest benefit of living in Calderdale.
It is almost inconceivable to think that when I opened Charnock Bates in 1992, not only did we not have a website, but very few homes had computers.
These considerable developments mean we can tell the world what Calderdale has to offer and about its easy access to important commercial centres via train and other modes of transport.
We sit close to the M62 motorway and since the building of this great engineering feat, opened by the Queen on October 14 1971, property values here have grown year on year.
What I mean by this is that in comparison with other areas near to Calderdale, the area has featured well in respect of property growth as a result of almost being betwixt Leeds and Manchester.
Over the last 30 to 40 years, the M62 has attracted many people to Calderdale villages.
There remains one more important form of transport that we can also boast excellent access to and that is air travel.
Calderdale has four international airports within approximately one hour: Manchester and Leeds / Bradford, Liverpool and Doncaster.
As far as I am concerned, while the market may seem to be in turmoil and we are apparently only just coming out of recession, I can most definitely see the light at the end of this “Grand Central Tunnel” for my area.
Calderdale’s location and transport links are now exceptional and that’s good news for the property market.
HALIFAX: Calderdale now has direct rail links to London.