"West Drayton has a long history dating back to well before the 1086 Doomsday Book where it was assessed for taxation at ten hides, with land suitable for six ploughs. As late as the 1820's it was still a lightly populated agricultural parish with its village tightly grouped around the Green. The transport developments of the early 19th century including the arrival of the Great Western Railway and the Grand Union Canal sparked industrial development including brick manufacturing and a resultant significant growth in the local population. Nowadays West Drayton is predominantly a commuter town encouraged by its ever improving transport links and the inescapable draw of nearby central London.
Today West Drayton benefits from a main line railway station providing regular services into London Paddington as well as to Reading and Bristol. In 2019 the Station will commence its full Crossrail service where a proposed 6 trains per hour will carry commuters into the West End and beyond to The City and East End without any need to change train. Crossrail's arrival means typical morning commute journey times will be reduced to a varying degree depending on the destination:
* West Drayton to Paddington – about 20 minutes (a saving of about 3 minutes)
* West Drayton to Bond Street – about 23 minutes (a saving of about 18 minutes)
* West Drayton to Liverpool Street - about 31 minutes (a saving of about 23 minutes)
* West Drayton to Canary Wharf - about 38 minutes (a saving of about 23 minutes)
* West Drayton to Heathrow - about 14 minutes (a saving of about 9 minutes)
In addition London Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Airport Undergroud Station (zone 6 of the Piccadilly Line with trains running directly into the West End) and Junction 4 of the M4 are all roughly 3 miles away. The M40 and M25 are also very easily accessible.
The local area is well served with eateries like Costa Coffee and Subway as well as supermarkets including a large Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Iceland. There are also a range of independent as well as chain stores including Wilkinson, Boots, Argos and Currys PC World. The vibrant Uxbridge High Street and shopping centres are a few miles north. An even more extensive retail experience can be found at Westfield White City which is short drive away.
In terms of leisure pursuits the nearby Stockley Business Park provides locals with a country park, golf club and Virgin Active fitness centre.
West Drayton has changed a huge amount since the Doomsday book. There is no doubt that the change, development and enhancement of the area will continue unabated in the period leading up to Crossrail's arrival and beyond."
Answered by Jonathan Whitley on Sun, 22 Feb 04:42pm
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Answered by Kelly M on Tue, 10 Feb 12:10pm
"With the crossrail about to come through West Drayon, it is an up and coming place to live!"