SLOUGH’S CROSS­RAIL BOOST

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - First-time Buyers -

Hamp­tons found more than four in 10 houses sold in Slough are bought by first-time buy­ers pay­ing an av­er­age £407,420 — the av­er­age for a Lon­don flat is £501,628.

Slough prices have risen by 22 per cent year on year, with buy­ers pil­ing into the area in ad­vance of the launch of the El­iz­a­beth line — Cross­rail — which will be up and run­ning fully by 2019. Fast trains to Padding­ton from Slough take from just 17 min­utes now, and El­iz­a­beth line ser­vices will reach the City in just over half an hour.

Raj Bansal, of­fice man­ager at Lang­hams Es­tate Agents, ad­mits Slough is “not the great­est” and warns in­com­ers will have to wait for re­gen­er­a­tion plans to take shape. “There are not enough things for peo­ple to do, and good restau­rants and bars and things to do that Lon­don­ers would en­joy are a few

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