Property consultants and estate agent Knight Frank has introduced a new property price index to examine the impact of London's Crossrail rail link on residential property prices in central London.
The high-frequency, high-capacity £15bn public transport infrastructure investment will officially open in 2018 and connect east and west London much more effectively than at present. It will link 37 stations from Maidenhead in Berkshire to Shenfield in Essex in a 90-minute journey through central London’s key financial and commercial hubs.
According to the Knight Frank report the 2013 Crossrail Index already areas within a ten-minute walk of stations are outperforming the wider London residential property market.
"An analysis of price movements of houses within a 10 minute walk of the major entrances to each central Crossrail stations shows that values have risen by more than 30% since Crossrail was granted Royal Assent in 2008. Property values in these areas have not only outperformed average London prices, but also the price growth seen across all prime central London (PCL) areas. Indeed, the Crossrail Index outperformed the PCL Index by 8% between 2008 and 2012," says the report.
Crossrail is also proving to be playing a key role in the regeneration of areas like Custom House, Woolwich and, in Stratford's case, builds on the London 2012 legacy, increasing these areas' attractiveness to inward investment.
Around 200 million passengers are expected to travel on the 73-mile long route each year, which is set to increase rail capacity in the capital by a tenth. The link will, according to Crossrail, "not only provide London and the South East with a world-class, high capacity affordable railway, it will [also] ease congestion on London's public transport system, provide better access to the capital and also generate significant employment opportunities...encourage regeneration and social inclusion and provide access to thousands of job opportunities. Crossrail is a key part of London's plan for growth over the years ahead."