VITAL IMPROVEMENTS to Wembley Park underground station will not be ready in time for the opening of the proposed national stadium in 2005, London Underground revealed this week.
'We expect the Wembley Park station upgrade to take up to four years - although this may be longer, ' said Infraco project manager Craig Mcfarland.
Start dates for the station redevelopment and the stadium project have both yet to be fixed so the full extent of the disruption remains unknown.
The £80M station refurbishment and extension is subject to the stadium bid being successful, so there is no detailed construction program in place.
But the new 90,000 capacity Wembley stadium is expected to open in 2005, after a 39 month construction period.
Wembley Park's £80M station improvement scheme will ease crowding before and after major sporting events at the new stadium, boosting passenger capacity from 30,000 to 50,000 people per hour. A total of 60,000 people are expected to use the station to get to major Wembley events.
Station work including platform extensions is to be fast tracked, so capacity can be raised before retail and lower priority construction is carried out.
Wembley Central and Wembley Stadium stations also require refurbishment whether the stadium goes ahead or not, with no capacity expansion planned.
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