Ambitious plans for London 2012 to become the best connected Games ever took an important step forward this week as the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) signed an agreement with Network Rail to deliver key parts of the £104M scheme to upgrade Stratford Regional Station.
Stratford Regional Station will be a critical transport hub for thousands of spectators at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and for the legacy communities that will be created after 2012. The station is served by the Central and Jubilee Underground Lines plus the Docklands Light Railway and national rail lines.Through building new platforms, subways, lifts and entrances the ODA claimed the upgrade scheme will significantly enhance passenger capacity and create a station that is fully accessible during Games time and in legacy.The ODA, which is fully funding and managing the £104M scheme, today signed an implementation agreement for Network Rail to deliver the key parts of the project.Stratford Regional Station is one of the busiest interchanges outside Central London with around 37,000 passengers traveling through the station during an average three hour morning peak period. The station upgrade will significantly increase capacity during peak periods to accommodate growing demand including the additional 63,000 spectators expected to use the station during the 2012 Games. ODA transport director Hugh Sumner said: 'An enhanced Stratford Regional Station is an important part of our transport plans for the Games and will help transform the Lower Lea Valley into one of the best connected areas in the capital.'