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Late walkway jeopardises Wembley opening date


MUTLIPLEX WAS this week in crisis talks over plans to speed up construction of a vital pedestrian walkway to enable it to meet its 31 March handover deadline for the new Wembley Stadium.

A source close to the project said the stadium could not be used until the 12m section of walkway was completed as it will be the main pedestrian route into and out of the stadium.

Part of the 'pedway', as it is known, lies on neighbouring developer Quintain Estates' land and was only handed over to stadium client Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL) last week.

The source said that it should have been handed over in September.

Work has now started on completing the walkway section. The source added that the pedway work was initially programmed to take 20 weeks, but could be achieved in 13.

But this will still be too late to meet the 31 March handover date, which was set to leave enough time to test equipment ahead of the FA Cup final.

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