With the recent show home launch of Hurricane Court, Langley’s exclusive new gated development, we thought it would be a great time to explore the benefits of the town. If you’re thinking of moving here from London, there’s lots of advantages!
People based in Langley have the opportunity to commute many nearby towns and cities. Slough, Windsor, Reading, London and Bracknell are all well linked. Nearby Slough’s integration into the heart of the UK transport and communications network, located between the M4, M40 and the M25 gives easy access to both London, the South East, the Midlands, the West Country and more.
Crossrail is coming to Langley in 2019, bringing good news for commuters. As well as shorter journey times to London and new and improved stations, it will also boost property values along the route. In fact, Langley’s property values have already risen by 41%* in the past two years. New advanced trains will provide on-train passenger information systems delivering real-time travel information, as well as wide interconnecting gangways and three double doors on each side of each carriage to increase capacity and provide quick boarding and alighting times.
With these many connections to other population centres, there are many employment opportunities and economic growth within the Langley area. As part of the Slough borough, Langley benefits from Slough as an important commercial centre, with large industrial and residential areas. Hundreds of major companies are based in Slough and the Slough Trading Estate, such as the UK Headquarters of Mars, O2, BlackBerry, McAfee and Polycom. The proximity to London Heathrow and the motorway connections are very attractive to large national and international companies.
Slough Council has reported that Slough’s total GVA is expected to increase by 65% by 2030 (to £6,500 million) outstripping the national projection of 57%. The number of enterprises in the area also continues to grow, including a healthy number of start-up businesses.
What can you get up to when you finish work? It’s time to play! There are 89 parks and open spaces, 75 play areas and 5 sports and leisure centres within the Slough area, as well as a thriving town centre with busy shopping centres, cinemas and great nightlife. There is also a strong commitment to regeneration, changing the way that the centre of Slough looks and works.
Due to its proximity to larger towns and cities, as well as London, Langley itself is fairly limited in terms of amenities. There are however, plenty of shops, petrol stations, takeaways, restaurants and pubs.
Langley is also surrounded by large open spaces, such as Langley Park Country Park, Black Park and Great Windsor Walk, so fantastic scenery is never too far away. Dorney Lake, the London 2012 Olympic venue, is a 10 minute drive and great for water sports. If you are into cycling then Upton Court Park is the beginning of a lovely cycle route into Eton and Windsor.
Langley is also part of one of the most ethnically diverse local authority areas with lots of opportunities to mix with all sorts of cultures and be part of an exciting and vibrant community.
Slough secondary schools consistently perform strongly and are in the list of top 10 best performers in the country at GCSE level. In 2014, for example, Slough’s GCSE results moved up to seventh place in the country: 72.4% (1,193) of pupils left school with a minimum of 5 A*-C grades (with English and maths) compared to 60.8% nationally.