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.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

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.

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