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New entrance bridge for Stratford International station

A 36m bridge made of glass panels was lifted into place above domestic service railway lines to form the new entrance and exit for Stratford International station, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced yesterday.

The station is due to open for high-speed domestic services in December 2009 and the new bridge shortens the walking distance between Stratford International and Stratford Regional stations by 200m.

It will allow spectators visiting the Olympic Park to get between the stations more easily and improve the connection with the new Stratford City development.

The bridge was jointly funded by the ODA, Department for Transport, and High Speed 1, the line that runs through the station between St Pancras International and mainland Europe. A new high-speed domestic service from Ebbsfleet in Kent to St Pancras International will start using this line in December.

During the Games the Javelin service will run on the High Speed 1 line, shuttling 25,000 spectators per hour from St Pancras International into the heart of the Olympic Park in just seven minutes.

ODA transport director Hugh Sumner said: "This bridge is crucial to ensuring that the flow of pedestrians on and off the trains in and out of the Olympic Park is kept as smooth as possible, congestion is kept to a minimum and we reduce the distance that spectators will have to walk."

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