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The nation is eagerly awaiting the hotly-anticipated finale of Line Of Duty on Sunday, in which fans are hoping the identity of the elusive ‘H’ will finally be unveiled.

Yet away from the show, Martin Compston’s real life in Las Vegas is a million miles away from the gritty world of AC-12 as he swaps nicking bent coppers for a relaxing life in the sunshine – because, as he puts it, you get more for your money in America.

The actor, 36, – who plays Steve Arnott in the hit BBC drama – relocated Stateside in 2019 with his American wife Tianna Flynn, their baby boy, and their pet pitbull King, where they snapped up a sprawling four-bed mansion in Nevada – which boasts a spa, and even a solar-heated swimming pool – for $420,000.

Inside Martin Compston's $420,000 Las Vegas Mansion: The Line Of Duty star (L) gives fans a glimpse into his stunning home where he enjoys beers by the outdoor pool with his bikini-clad wife Tianna

Relaxing: Tianna pictured enjoying their heated swimming pool

Inside Martin Compston’s $420,000 Las Vegas Mansion: The Line Of Duty star (L) gives fans a glimpse into his stunning home where he enjoys beers by the outdoor pool with his bikini-clad wife Tianna (R)

Martin and Tianna, who married in 2016 at Mar Hall, Renfrewshire, live two streets away from Tianna’s mother, and they set up in Vegas to put down roots after previously living in Los Angeles and London.

Martin and Tianna met in 2013 following the demise of his relationship with girlfriend of five years, Stacey McKelvie. 

Actress Tianna hails from the US – and she and Martin met at the Hudson Hotel in LA, where she was working as a nightclub manager. She prefers to remain Stateside when Martin films in the UK.     

Stunning: The Line Of Duty star bought the sprawling four-bed mansion in Nevada in 2019 for £300,000, after he relocated to the United States in 2019 with his wife

Stunning: The Line Of Duty star bought the sprawling four-bed mansion in Nevada in 2019 for £300,000, after he relocated to the United States in 2019 with his wife

The star recently said it makes sense when he travels for work for Tianna to be near her family, especially after welcoming their first child last year, whose name has not been revealed. 

As well as his sunny Vegas home, Martin also has a place in Greenock in Scotland – his hometown, and he flits between the two – but says Greenock feels more like home to him.  

He told Weekend Magazine: ‘We have a place in Greenock and a place in Vegas and, I’m going to sound like a p***k saying this, but I kind of see Greenock as home, and Vegas as a holiday home.’  

Home: The happy couple live two streets away from Tianna's mother, and they set up in Vegas to put down roots after previously living in Los Angeles and London, they also own a home in Greenock where Martin grew up

Home: The happy couple live two streets away from Tianna’s mother, and they set up in Vegas to put down roots after previously living in Los Angeles and London, they also own a home in Greenock where Martin grew up

Star of the small screen: Martin portrays DS Steve Arnott in Line Of Duty (pictured with Vicky McClure) and the nation is eagerly awaiting the hotly-anticipated finale on Sunday, in which fans are hoping the identity of 'H' will finally be unveiled

Star of the small screen: Martin portrays DS Steve Arnott in Line Of Duty (pictured with Vicky McClure) and the nation is eagerly awaiting the hotly-anticipated finale on Sunday, in which fans are hoping the identity of ‘H’ will finally be unveiled

Wow: Martin and Tianna were keen to buy a house with a pool, and they lucked out with their mansion as it boasts a spa, and even a solar-heated swimming pool

Wow: Martin and Tianna were keen to buy a house with a pool, and they lucked out with their mansion as it boasts a spa, and even a solar-heated swimming pool

The star splits his time between the two countries but has previously spoken about how much he loves their swimming pool in Vegas, telling The Sunday Post: ‘I love it. The weather is great, obviously, and compared to Los Angeles and London you get so much more for your money.

‘I’ve never been flash with anything. I’ve never really spent my money or liked fancy cars, so we saved to hopefully get a bit of a dream home.

‘I wanted to get a place with a pool. It’s an incredible feeling when you’re from Greenock and you can get your family over to stay and you’ve got a swimming pool out your back.’ 

The couple were keen to buy a house with a pool, and they lucked out with their mansion as it is not only heated it has a built-in Jacuzzi as well as the main swimming area. 

Loved-up: The couple married in 2016 at Mar Hall, Renfrewshire (pictured) after they met in 2013

Loved-up: The couple married in 2016 at Mar Hall, Renfrewshire (pictured) after they met in 2013 

Sweet: The Line of Duty star took to Instagram in June 2019 to mark their three year anniversary by sharing a picture of Tianna on their special day

Sweet: The Line of Duty star took to Instagram in June 2019 to mark their three year anniversary by sharing a picture of Tianna on their special day 

The couple have often shared pictures while luxuriating in the pool, with their pooch King often joining them so that he can cool off in the water.

One such selfie shows that the pool has plenty of space around it for them to put sun loungers and have tables for guests if they are keen to enjoy an al-fresco dinner with their loved ones. 

That’s not all they can enjoy outdoors as they also have a chic garden area, that has been well maintained and features a number of flora and a stone pathway.   

While Martin has been quiet on social media about fatherhood, he told Weekend Magazine this month: ‘Being a new parent is exhilarating but tough, and it’s harder if you’re living it in the public eye. 

‘I don’t think I’m being overly private – everyone who needs to know my kid, knows him.’  

Relocation: Martin lives in Las Vegas because his wife Tianna is from there, and he recently said it makes sense, when he travels for work, for her to be near her family, especially after welcoming their first child last year

Happy: Tianna has clearly enjoyed living in her hometown

Relocation: Martin lives in Las Vegas because his wife Tianna is from there, and he recently said it makes sense, when he travels for work, for her to be near her family, especially after welcoming their first child last year 

Gorgeous: Inside, their home is incredibly spacious with their entryway sure to be a welcome site to guests with its bright open-plan design and spiral staircase

Gorgeous: Inside, their home is incredibly spacious with their entryway sure to be a welcome site to guests with its bright open-plan design and spiral staircase

Inside, their home is incredibly spacious with their entryway sure to be a welcome site to guests with its bright open-plan design and spiral staircase.

Martin and Tianna have made sure to add a personal touch to their abode by putting up a number of family photographs on the wall on the way up the stairs.

As well as a hanging light, they have also decorated the entryway with a plush sofa, a quirky rug and a red floral arrangement that catches the eye. 

Great set-up: They also have a spacious games room where the couple can enjoy a game of table tennis, either against each other or with their friends and family

Design: There is a large archway cut out of the wall in front of the games room, allowing more light to filter in and making their other room visible

Great set-up: They also have a spacious games room where the couple can enjoy a game of table tennis, either against each other or with their friends and family

Taste of home: Martin also has his own built-in bar where he can serve up pints with his very own pump of Tennents, one of Scotland's best-selling pale larger and clearly a favourite of the star

Taste of home: Martin also has his own built-in bar where he can serve up pints with his very own pump of Tennents, one of Scotland’s best-selling pale larger and clearly a favourite of the star

Stylish: One bathroom features a fitted in bath and a huge seating area with a vanity table

Stylish: One bathroom features a fitted in bath and a huge seating area with a vanity table

They also have a spacious games room where the couple can enjoy a game of table tennis, either against each other or with their friends and family. 

Martin also has his own built-in bar where he can serve up pints with his very own pump of Tennents, one of Scotland’s best-selling pale larger and clearly a favourite of the star.

Their homemade bar is made of chic wood furnishings, and has a large counter for Martin and Tianna can use to serve up drinks to their friends.

Great idea: Their homemade bar is made of chic wood furnishings, and has a large counter for Martin and Tianna can use to serve up drinks to their friends

Great idea: Their homemade bar is made of chic wood furnishings, and has a large counter for Martin and Tianna can use to serve up drinks to their friends

Sweet: Their dog King often features in their photos of their home, and he clearly enjoys soaking up the sun by the pool

Chic: Inside, their home is fitted with wooden flooring

Sweet: Their dog King often features in their photos of their home, and he clearly enjoys soaking up the sun by the pool

Personal touch: Martin and Tianna have also put up a number of caricature paintings of themselves on the walls

Personal touch: Martin and Tianna have also put up a number of caricature paintings of themselves on the walls

Earlier this week, a new trailer for Line Of Duty’s finale was released, only serving to heighten speculation around the identity of ‘H’. 

Viewers can be certain of an action-packed finale episode complete with a police standoff, the return of balaclava men and the discovery of a written note with THAT ‘definately’ misspelling. 

The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), who is facing imminent retirement, state: ‘All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man.’

Coming back: Line Of Duty will be back on Sunday night and fans are eager to find out whether AC-12 will finally crack the case on the elusive H

Coming back: Line Of Duty will be back on Sunday night and fans are eager to find out whether AC-12 will finally crack the case on the elusive H

Trailer: In a teaser released on Monday, viewers can be certain of an action-packed finale episode with a police standoff, the return of balaclava men and that 'definately' misspelling

Trailer: In a teaser released on Monday, viewers can be certain of an action-packed finale episode with a police standoff, the return of balaclava men and that ‘definately’ misspelling

AC-12: The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), state: 'All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man'

AC-12: The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), state: ‘All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man’

Hastings’ powerful words went alongside flashbacks of the deaths of solicitor Jimmy Lakewell, police officer Lisa Patel, journalist Gail Vella and former Detective Inspector Marcus Thurwell- whom fans believe is still alive.  

The trailer then shows acting Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) leaving the high-security prison in handcuffs, only to end up alone in a van with a corrupt prison officer who previously injured Lindsay Denton in series three. 

Jo says: ‘What’s going on?’, before the camera flashes a sinister look from the prison officer.  

A handwritten note is also teased in the trailer, with the word definite misspelt to mirror what viewers have seen previously.  

Fall from grace: The trailer then shows acting Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) leaving the high-security prison in handcuffs

Fall from grace: The trailer then shows acting Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) leaving the high-security prison in handcuffs

Corrupt? Partricia Carmichael will also return after her suspicious behaviour during the interview on the last episode

Corrupt? Partricia Carmichael will also return after her suspicious behaviour during the interview on the last episode 

A huge clue of the identity of H began to emerge in series five, when the OCG communicated with ‘H’ through a computer.  

Eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice H spelling definitely as ‘definately’, and this misspelling has been repeated in subsequent episodes. 

Will this handwritten report be the breakthrough AC-12 need to close in on ‘the fourth man’? 

Shootout: And it only gets more dramatic as balaclava men jump out of vehicles armed with guns themselves

Shootout: And it only gets more dramatic as balaclava men jump out of vehicles armed with guns themselves

Drama: It certainly seems Hastings and his team are on to something as police cars speed down the road, while armed officers close in on a residential area and Hastings briefs his team

Drama: It certainly seems Hastings and his team are on to something as police cars speed down the road, while armed officers close in on a residential area and Hastings briefs his team

It certainly seems Hastings and his team are on to something as police cars sped down the road, with armed officers closing in on a residential area during the trailer. 

The Superintendent briefs DI Kate Fleming, DI Steve Arnott and DC Chloe Bishop as they arrive at the scene.

Hastings says: ‘AFO’s will secure the suspect down’, while the words ‘Every investigation has led to this… H’.

And it only gets more dramatic as balaclava men jump out of vehicles armed with guns themselves. 

Kate opens the police van, brandishes her gun and shouts: ‘armed police’ before the screen fades to black. 

Clue: A handwritten note is also teased in the trailer, with the word definite misspelt to mirror what viewers have seen previously- will this be the clue AC-12 needs?

Clue: A handwritten note is also teased in the trailer, with the word definite misspelt to mirror what viewers have seen previously- will this be the clue AC-12 needs? 

Scary: She ends up alone in a van with a corrupt prison officer who previously injured Lindsay Denton in series three

Scary: She ends up alone in a van with a corrupt prison officer who previously injured Lindsay Denton in series three

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Leinster’s accuracy proves key as they see off Munster in demolition derby

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Leinster 35 Munster 25

A breathtaking and, it has to be said, physically punishing game, which ebbed and flowed from first to last, ended with Leinster getting more than they needed and Munster coming up short of their targets. Well, to a point.

Munster went into the last game requiring at least two match points for a home quarter-final and a bonus point for the additional carrot of a potential home semi-final.

In the end, they came up with zero, which was perhaps preferable in that it earned them an away quarter-final against Ulster rather than against the Bulls. Even so, the winners of that Irish derby in a fortnight will be away in the semi-finals against the Stormers or Edinburgh.

In the other half of the draw Leinster will host Glasgow in the quarter-finals, and the winners of that tie will have home advantage in the semi-finals.

The mix of requirements made for a thrilling game. Leinster were ultimately the more accurate and pacier side, epitomised by the jet-heeled Jordan Larmour, who made everyone else look like they were being towed and his counterattacking and running led to two of Leinster’s four tries. It was a timely reminder of his abilities, and might well earn him a place on the bench in the Champions Cup final against La Rochelle, who themselves welcomed back Will Skelton off the bench against Stade Francais on Saturday.

Munster’s game didn’t lack for ambition at all, and their similar mix featured classy performances by Thomas Ahern, Alex Kendellen, Jack O’Donoghue and Conor Murray. But they weren’t as accurate or quite as pacey.

This hungry Leinster mix of young and experienced were not in a remotely charitable mood, and shot out of the traps. Harry Byrne’s perfect kick-off was reclaimed by the recalled Ryan Baird and inside 80 seconds Leinster had scored without Munster touching the ball.

Generating trademark quick ball, with Baird making one big carry and Scott Penny a couple, before Ciarán Frawley used an advantage to crosskick perfectly for Penny to gather and use his footwork to step Joey Carbery and finish in the corner.

Harry Byrne didn’t land the difficult conversion, but added a penalty before offloads by Kendellen and Ahern and a couple of nicely weighted grubbers to the edges by Murray and Carbery earned an attacking lineout. The first scrap followed too. Yep, derby on.

Attacking wide and through phases, Munster used an advantage when Carbery pulled the ball back as Keith Earls worked across from his wing and flung a peach of a left-hander for O’Donoghue to take Cormac Foley’s tackle and finish well in the corner.

Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin on his way to scoring a try despite Keynan Knox and Mike Haley of Munster during the United Rugby Championship match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho
Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin on his way to scoring a try despite Keynan Knox and Mike Haley of Munster during the United Rugby Championship match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Next, after Frawley’s spillage, the recalled Andrew Conway chased Murray’s perfectly weighted kick to prevent Larmour gathering, Niall Scannell’s gallop earning another attacking lineout.

Again Munster engineered another free play, and after a strong carry by Kendellen from Murray’s pass behind his back, Mike Haley was sharply on hand to pick up and dive over under the posts.

The force was with Munster, all the more so after Conway cleanly reclaimed another box kick by Murray. But when Kendellen kicked through Larmour beat the flanker’s follow-up tackle and left a trail of four more forwards in his wake before being tackled by Murray. From the recycle, Jamie Osborne stepped and Frawley took a superb line on to his short pass for a clean break and had Foley in support. The 22-year-old showed the quickness from his formative years as a centre with St Gerard’s to complete his first Leinster try on his home debut, and some try too.

The game’s first scrums provided an almost welcome breather. Frawley, after his two sumptuous try assists, had to depart for one of several failed HIAs in the game, and didn’t return.

The lively Earls then countered with Haley, Carbery and Kendellen before Rob Russell’s deliberate knock-on prevented the ball reaching three unmarked players and earning him a yellow card. But Baird spoiled the Munster lineout to protect his side’s 15-12 lead until the interval.

But on the resumption Munster struck. Haley chased his own kick, preventing Osborne from gathering cleanly and Murray was sharply on to the loose ball to skip away from Foley’s tackle and score.

Harry Byrne brought it back to a one-point game after Foley’s high tackle on Josh Murphy, and although Munster were clearly now mindful of the chance for a fourth try when going to the corner, before accepting a tap over penalty to push them four points ahead.

Typical of this match, back came Leinster. First Foley executed a 50:22 and despite just changing their frontrow the maul was gathering speed when it collapsed and Frank Murphy adjudged it a penalty try and sinbinned Niall Scannell.

After Max Deegan’s covering tackle on the ever dangerous Chris Farrell into touch, a lovely launch play and a flatish pass by Foley for Joe McCarthy’s carry over the gainline, was the prelude to Leinster reloading right and another slaloming run by Larmour. An offload by McCarty and fine pass by Deegan created the space for Rory O’Loughlin to use a two-on-two and a mismatch with the covering Kenyan Knox to score.

Suddenly it was 32-22 to Leinster.

A spellbinding spell of offloading featuring Murray, Ahern, O’Donoghue and Kendellen ended with Earls finishing off O’Donoghue’s offload, but Murphy adjudged it forward. Instead, Munster had to opt for another Carbery penalty to complete the first task of getting to within one score before chasing a fourth try.

They became over exuberant and conceded penalties, and although Adam Byrne was brilliantly denied by Carbery and Haley, Harry Byrne’s penalty put them 10 ahead, and more relevantly left Munster without anything from the game and looking at a quarter-final away to Ulster.

They had eight minutes or so to do it. They conjured one punishing phased attack, Carbery’s one-handed pick-up and Murray deliberately knocking on with a penalty advantage and then quickly were two of the highlights, but when Carbery prematurely went wide with a looped pass to Jack Daly he was tackled into touch by Osborne.

And that was effectively that.

SCORING SEQUENCE – 2 mins: Penny try 5-0; 9: Byrne pen 8-0; 12: O’Donoghue try 8-5; 17: Haley try, Carbery con 8-12; 23: Foley try, Byrne con 15-12; (half-time 15-12); 41: Murray try, Carbery con 15-19; 46: Byrne pen 18-19; 49: mins Carbery pen 18-22; 51: penalty try 25-22; 54: O’Loughlin try, Byrne con 32-22; 61: Carbery pen 32-25; 71: Byrne pen 35-25.

LEINSTER: Jordan Larmour; Rob Russell, Jamie Osborne, Ciarán Frawley, Rory O’Loughlin; Harry Byrne, Cormac Foley; Ed Byrne (capt), Seán Cronin, Thomas Clarkson; Joe McCarthy, Josh Murphy; Ryan Baird, Scott Penny, Max Deegan.

Replacements: Adam Byrne for Frawley (27 mins), John McKee for Cronin, Peter Dooley for Byrne, Cian Healy for Clarkson (all 49), Devin Toner for J Murphy (55), Ben Murphy for Foley (58), Alex Soroka for McCarthy (66), David Hawkshaw for H Byrne (76).

Sinbinned: Russell (37-47 mins).

MUNSTER: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Dan Goggin, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Josh Wycherley, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Thomas Ahern; Fineen Wycherley, Alex Kendellen, Jack O’Donoghue (capt).

Replacements: Jason Jenkins for Kleyn (49 mins), Keynan Knox for Ryan (54), Jeremy Loughman for J Wycherley, Rory Scannell for Goggin (both 55), Diarmuid Barron for Kendellen (58-61), for Scannell (61), Jack Daly for Ahern, Ben Healy for Carbery (both 64), N Scannell for Kendellen (65), Ahern for Daly, Patrick Patterson for Murray (both 76).

Sinbinned: N Scannell (51-61 mins).

Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU).

URC quarter-finals (Fri, Jun 3rd & Sat, Jun 4th)
1 Leinster v Glasgow Warriors
2 DHL Stormers v Edinburgh
3 Ulster v Munster
4 Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks
 
Semi-finals (Fri, June 10th and Sat Jun 11th)
Leinster or Glasgow v Bulls or Sharks
Stormers or Edinburgh v Ulster or Munster.
 
Shield winners 2021/22:
Irish Shield:
Leinster
South African Shield: DHL Stormers
Welsh Shield: Ospreys
Scottish & Italian Shield: Edinburgh
 

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Aparto has unveiled its first student residence in Spain to open in September 2022. Aparto Barcelona Pallars, owned by Commerz Real, is located in the 22@, the city’s innovation district, and accommodates 743 beds covering 26,000m². The cutting-edge facilities at aparto Barcelona Pallars include an external circa 45-metre length infinity pool, a 900 square metre rooftop terrace, 2,500m² of gardens including the Butterfly Garden (named because of the type of plants that attract butterflies), the Smell Garden (due to the mixture of aromatic plants), 1,400m² of amenity space including a gym with a weight, cardio, and yoga studios, two cinema rooms, leisure areas, and a bar offering both food and drink services.

 

In addition, a central feature of aparto’s offering is its first-class experience with a focus on the arts including an initiative in which street artists will design some of the paintings on the building, and a mental health programme available to all students all year around, strengthened by aparto employees receiving mental health training to identify anyone who may need help. 

 

aparto Barcelona Pallars has been designed by the Catalonian architecture studio Battle i Roig, a pioneer in landscape architecture, interweaving structures with natural spaces like gardens. Upon construction completion, the building will receive the LEED Gold and WELL Platinum Certifications for sustainability. 

 

aparto offers students a unique safe study experience and flexible model offering medium and long-term stays, from a few months to a full year, with all-inclusive rates including cleaning, Wi-Fi connection, linen services, and some additional features related to sports and wellness sessions, cocktail and cooking classes, and a series of entertainment evenings including movie nights, sports matches and tournaments. Aparto’s focus is to create places where students feel at home living within a strong community.

  

Tom Rix, director of operations at aparto, UK, commented: “With Aparto Barcelona Pallars, Hines is introducing first-class student housing in Spain. Pallars mirrors what today’s students want in terms of facilities, amenities, community engagement, and wellbeing programmes. We have already successfully demonstrated that this innovative model is in high demand in Italy, Ireland, and the UK and we anticipate the same success here in Spain and can’t wait to welcome students to Barcelona.”

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Crossrail house price boom: Reading, Maidenhead and Slough set to become property hotspots

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Crossrail may be billions of pounds over budget and three-and-a-half years late but it’s finally ready to roll.

This extraordinary feat of engineering is due to be put into service on Tuesday, when it will adopt its correct title of the Elizabeth Line. 

The Queen made a surprise visit to Paddington station this week and officially opened the line.

On the line: The Thames flows through Maidenhead, which will now enjoy a direct link to Central London thanks to its new Crossrail station

On the line: The Thames flows through Maidenhead, which will now enjoy a direct link to Central London thanks to its new Crossrail station

Linking Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east with Heathrow and Reading to the west of the capital, it will bind together existing commuter railways, accelerating cross-city travel and relieving overcrowding on the London Underground — particularly the often hellish Central Line.

Commuters’ journey times will be slashed; Reading to London Liverpool Street, for example, will take under an hour.

When fully operational it will increase London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent, making it the largest single expansion of the city’s transport network in more than 70 years.

There are still a few glitches to be ironed out. Initially passengers travelling from Reading in the west to Abbey Wood and beyond will have to change at Paddington or Liverpool Street mainline stations. 

Also Bond Street is three months behind schedule. Trains will not call there until later in the year. Yet these delays pale into insignificance when you consider how the Elizabeth Line will transform rail travel in the capital.

Cross town: The Elizabeth line will run east to west across London, starting in Berkshire and ending in Essex

Cross town: The Elizabeth line will run east to west across London, starting in Berkshire and ending in Essex

The new station at Paddington, for example, is the size of three Wembley football pitches, with natural light as far as the platform entry from a nearly 400ft-long glass canopy.

More than £1 billion has been spent on upgrading 31 existing stations and tracks. Spacious tunnels will lead to airy 600 ft platforms, with glass screens at the edge of the tracks, making it impossible to fall under a train. 

Step-free access from street to train will make the service accessible to wheelchairs. 

The nine-car, air-conditioned trains will have colourful bench seats and open interiors with full-width walk-through connections between cars. It will be a world away from today’s cramped, cluttered carriages.

Few engineering projects change the way we live but The Elizabeth Line promises to do just that. People are already flocking to the new stations.

Research from Savills last year found that, over the past five years, homes within 0.6 mile of about half of the stations on the line have increased in price by 25 per cent or more.

It follows that when the sleek and airy new trains come into service, delivering people to their workplaces in double quick time, we can expect a migration to the west of London.

Here are the hotspots:

Reading revival

Outlay: More than £1bn has been spent on upgrading 31 existing stations and tracks

Outlay: More than £1bn has been spent on upgrading 31 existing stations and tracks

Not so long ago Reading was best known for its brewery and its biscuit factory — not any more. 

International companies, including Amazon UK, Virgin Media and KPMG have moved there and with reasonably priced homes, compared to London, the town is already popular with commuters.

‘I recently dealt with a young woman who sold her 750 sq ft flat in London for £600,000 and bought a 1,750 ft duplex in Reading for £650,000,’ says James Hathaway, of Winkworth estate agents.

The town has lots of green space, riverside walks, the Grade II-listed Thames Lido and great shopping, notably in Broad Street and the Oracle centre. The average price of a home sold in Reading was £384,000 last year.

Compare that to the £512,000 average price in, say, East London and you will see why an exodus from the capital is forecast when the Elizabeth Line makes commuting a doddle.

Maidenhead marches on

This Berkshire town is keen to attract the City bankers who had previously been put off living there by having to trek across the capital’s underground system to get to work.

‘The Elizabeth Line changes all that and buyer enquiries have already started booming,’ says Dawn Carritt at Jackson-Stops estate agents.

‘The prospect of living near the river in Maidenhead or in nearby villages such as Sonning and Bray is appealing.’

Maidenhead (with Theresa May as its MP) is on the cusp of a revival. Its 1960s shopping centre is to be transformed into The Nicholson Quarter, a swish mixed-use centre.

The area by the river is being developed and trendy cocktail bars and restaurants such as Coppa Club are thriving — a sure sign of a town on the up.

Slough expansion

Ricky Gervais did Slough no favours when he set The Office there. Yet the town has a lot going for it. It is well located for travel, nestling between the M4 and the M40 and within easy reach of the M25 and Heathrow airport.

First-time buyer portal Share to Buy claims that Slough has been one of the UK’s top ten property hotspots over the past decade with a 73 per cent increase in house prices. 

The Berkeley Group is redeveloping the former Horlicks factory and site to create 1,300 homes.

A small flat sells for £150,000 and a three-bed terrace house for £350,000. The centre is being improved and with the coming of the Elizabeth Line, things can only get better.

On the market… the hotspots 

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