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Offering our residents convenient access to transport connections is crucial. So, crucial in fact, that it can often add value to property prices. Take homes near to Crossrail stations such as at Kings Park in Harold Wood or Acton Gardens in W3, with less than three years before the Elizabeth Line is due to open, research by JLL shows that property prices along the route are already 16 per cent higher than the Greater London average. Homes close to London tube stations will also be more appealing come August 19th, when thousands of Londoners will be able to travel around the city throughout the night as the long awaited Night Tube begins.
Planning for transport to, from and around our developments is something that we work on from the outset, whether that be rail, road, bus routes or cycleways and footpaths.
Take Great Kneighton, served by the new Cambridgeshire Guided Bus (pictured above), which runs through the development to provide buses every 10 minutes to the city centre, Cambridge Rail Station and onward travel through the region. Other infrastructure we will deliver at this development includes a network of footpaths and cycleways connecting homes to the expansive country park, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
In Chelmsford, we are collaborating with our partners on the delivery of a brand new railway station at our flagship Beaulieu development of 3,600 homes. This station represents a major addition to the sustainable transport infrastructure of both the city of Chelmsford and the wider county of Essex. The station, which is anticipated to open in 2022, will make commuting to the capital more convenient for local residents. The vision for the station will be a new transport hub with proposals to include a bus interchange and substantial cycle parking. Our work here will ease passenger congestion at one of the busiest stations in the country and also assist in reducing local traffic congestion.
Beaulieu has been intelligently designed to be completely accessible without the need of a car. Existing public footpaths have been preserved and enhanced and a network of new footpaths and cycleways are being created, connecting all the neighbourhoods seamlessly and providing quick routes to Beaulieu’s amenities, transport connections, parks and open spaces.
At Kingsmere, in Bicester, we have contributed the land that has enabled a new park and ride facility to be built next to the development, providing residents with a frequent, direct service to Oxford City Centre and Bicester town centre. In addition, we also extended bus routes through the development that run every few minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes off-peak.
At Wickhurst Green near Horsham, new and improved transport connections that we have provided include an extensive footpath and cycleway network, dual carriageway bypass and a new junction on the A24, all of which has combined to reduce congestion on local roads.
New, large-scale infrastructure to support sustainable transport options offers huge benefits to all our residents and is an important part of our mission to create vibrant places where people want to live.
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