Olympic transport upgrades 'on track'

Upgrades to Stratford Regional Station, the main transport hub for the London 2012 Games, are on track for completion by the end of the year, the Olympic Delivery Authority has said.

More than £200 million has been invested to provide capacity for 120,000 passengers to pass through the station during peak periods, and allow 200 trains to use the station every hour during the Games.

The station works are among a list of ten transport milestones detailed in a new document released by the Olympic Delivery Authority.

ODA transport director Hugh Sumner described the upgrades as "one of strongest physical legacies from the Games".

He said: "While the bulk of these works have been accelerated because of the Games, the benefits are far wider-reaching and will leave a lasting transport legacy in this part of London."

By the autumn, 19 lines will be running at Stratford Regional in east London - compared with 17 at Clapham, which will increase to 18 once the East London Line arrives.

When work started, about 125 trains passed through the station each hour. This is set to rise to over 200.

Passenger demand at the station is trebling. Having risen to 55,000 passengers per hour from a base of 35,000 three years ago - when improvement works began - it is expected that during the London 2012 Games, 120,000 people will be using the station at peak times, while the morning commute will see 80,000 people use the station by 2016.

More than £125 million of the improvement costs have come from the ODA. The rest has been split between investors such as Transport for London (which includes London Underground and Docklands Light Railway), National Express and Network Rail.

Other projects on the ODA's transport milestone list include the introduction of three-car trains on the DLR, completion of Stratford International Station and the running of the high speed Javelin service.

There is also the extension of the DLR from Canning Town to Stratford International in east London, increasing frequency and capacity on the North London Line and the new East London Line. Improvements to the Kings Cross Northern Ticket Hall for Eurostar and mainline services, walking and cycling services and facilities and river transport are also noted.


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