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New look for Stratford Station

New images showing how Olympic station, Stratford will look in 2012 have been revealed by the Olympic Delivery Authority as £100m upgrade work begins on the front of the station

The new pictures of Stratford Regional Station were revealed on new hoardings outside the station this morning.

The hoardings depict the history of the station and its important role in East End life, taking commuters and residents through to what it will look like in 2010 when the work is completed.

The £100m construction project to transform the station will accommodate hundreds of thousands of spectators coming to the Games in 2012, and leave a legacy of improved transport links for east London.

By 2016, the number of passengers at Stratford Regional Station in the morning peak is expected to more than double, and the Olympic Delivery Authority’s work to treble the capacity of the station and improve accessibility will help meet this future demand.

The work includes nine new lifts, new platforms, wider, longer and clearer platforms, and a new station entrance at mezzanine level.

"The vast majority of spectators going to the Games by train in 2012 will use Stratford Regional Station," said ODA Transport Director Hugh Sumner. "This £100m construction project to treble capacity will make sure that we can get everyone to the Olympic Park quickly and safely, as well as serve the growing community in years to come."

The new entrance at mezzanine level, which is the biggest visible change to the front of the station, will help reduce congestion during the Games. It will allow people leaving the Olympic Park to bypass the subways and use a new bridge (being built by Westfield) to directly access the new Central line and DLR platforms for services towards London.

A new westbound Central Line platform will allow passengers to get on and off from both sides of the train instead of just one at present. This will reduce congestion on platforms, in staircases and lifts and improve boarding and alighting times.

In the years after the Games, it will continue to help reduce congestion for people using the new parklands and visitors to Stratford City.

The upgrade work at Stratford Regional Station is being delivered by Network Rail and London Underground Ltd.

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