Living in Thameside Essex - Thurrock is transforming

Modern flats keep popping up all along the north estuary banks of the river Thames from Grays to Purfleet as Thurrock has started being recognised as a commuter hotspot. As well as fast train links into London, you have acres of Essex countryside and the coast on your doorstep, and intu Lakeside(one of Europe’s leading centres) for shopping. Thurrock council will be upgrading the Grays town centre and beach and building a theatre.


Commute length to London: 25 – 35 mins

Annual train ticket: (based on Grays to London Fenchurch Street) £2,448.

Average house price: Semi-Detached; £338k / Terraced; £280k.

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Thurrock is transforming as the result of a massive growth and regeneration programme. A £6.6billion investment will create an estimated 14,000 new homes and 31,450 jobs across a number of locations.

Affordable housing

Thurrock Homes New Build

This is an exciting time for the Thurrock area as many new housing projects are in development. In Purfleet not only has a redevelopment project started for 2,500 homes, but for new film and television studios, primary school, health centre, shops and more. Grays centre also has redevelopment plans including thousands of new homes. Throughout the area the mix of already established towns and new communities keeps rents more affordable compared to other neighbouring London boroughs.

Browse properties in Grays

Great transport links to the city and beyond

Train In Countryside

The fast commute to London Fenchurch Street means you can be in the city in roughly half an hour. You also have the train to intu Lakeside and good road links to the rest of Essex giving you access to the countryside and also to the North Norfolk coast.

Good schools

There’s a high standard of schools in the area. For secondary, The Hathaway Academy and Grays Convent High School have ‘good’ reports from Ofsted, while Quarry Hill primary academy has been rated ‘outstanding’.

Other locations to live in

All along our route are areas that could make the ideal home with fast, direct trains into London. Here some other guides to living along our route.

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