STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET The proposed expansion of Stansted Airport cannot but have a huge effect on the area surrounding it, particularly as long-term plans include the building of a second runway and an increase in passenger numbers from 25 million to 35 million a year. There is, however, a fast train service from the airport on a spur line from here with trains dashing into London four times an hour in under 45 minutes (Stansted Airport). A four-bedroom converted barn in the area will cost £585,000. One of the nicest places within striking distance of the railway station is Manuden – a tiny one-and-a-half street village on the River Stort with some pretty, jettied timber-frame houses. A three-bedroom end-of terrace might cost around £350,000; a four-bedroom house with garage and mature garden could fetch £600,000.