Improvements to the London to Norwich railway line are putting the East Anglian city increasingly on the radar of commuters who want more for their money. Train operator Greater Anglia is adding thousands of extra passenger seats to its services, meaning more comfortable journeys for those travelling between Norwich and London and introducing new faster trains that will cut the journey to 90 minutes. For young professionals priced out of the London property market, Norwich is becoming a viable alternative. Just a few minutes walk from Norwich station is our development, The Bridge offering a range of high specification new homes ideally placed for commuters.
Located in an excellent riverside location, close to Norwich’s historic city centre, The Bridge offers a range of elegant apartments and penthouses, carefully designed to suit modern lifestyles, set in a striking contemporary building. With prices starting from just £210,000 it is much better value than London, where the average property value is almost two and a half times more expensive, at £472,000 according to the latest ONS figures.
Rail upgrades in East Anglia begun this summer with a new timetable adding 7,000 more seats per week to Greater Anglia rail services. The operator is also investing £1.4 billion in replacing its entire fleet with new trains by 2020. The new, faster and more efficient trains will cut the journey from Norwich to London from the current one hour 45 minutes to only 90 minutes, as well as increasing capacity by up to 220 extra seats per train.
Marc Langdon from Bidwell’s, comments: “The shorter journey time to London will ensure that Norwich is on the map as an option for young professionals and commuters priced out of the property market in the capital. With the increase in flexible working, many people do not have to travel into the capital every day, so are willing to consider commuting a little further. The homes at The Bridge could not be more conveniently located; not only for Norwich station, but also everything that the city has to offer. Help to Buy is also available on the majority of the remaining apartments, giving would-be home-owners an added boost.”
The Bridge occupies a prime spot immediately next to the River Wensum, with far reaching views over the city centre and the river. All of the spacious apartments and penthouses are cleverly designed to maximise the natural light and tranquil setting. The eye-catching modernist architecture takes inspiration from the works of Mondrian, blending seamlessly with the setting.The apartment interiors combine open plan layouts, large windows and private balconies with a stylish, high quality specification. There is a communal podium garden and many of the properties also have secure undercroft parking.
For young professionals seeking to make a new life outside of the capital, Norwich is a buzzing city with plenty to offer. The bustling centre offers a wide selection of shops, restaurants, bars and leisure attractions. It is also a city of culture, chosen as UNESCO City of Literature, thanks to its outstanding museums, galleries and live music venues. For those leaving London in search of countryside and the great outdoors, the Broads National Park and the Norfolk coast are both just a short drive away.
Services to London Liverpool Street Station take around 1 hour and 45 minutes and direct trains also serve Cambridge and Ipswich.
Prices start from £210,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and £399,000 for a one-bedroom penthouse Help to Buy is also available. A show apartment is available to view by prior appointment with Bidwells. For more information, visit www.thebridgenorwich.co.uk or call 01603 662665.