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Wembley trips over new steps

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PLANS TO transform the entrance to the new Wembley stadium were finally unveiled by developer Quintain this week, less than five months before the stadium is due to open.

The new steps will not be completed for two years forcing spectators to reach the £800M venue via the existing 1970s concrete pedway ramp.

Plans to replace the pedway with steps spanning 66m at their longest point were submitted this week.

'While the pedway will accommodate the expected crowd numbers, it is an ugly structure and does not comply with modern-day disabled access requirements, ' said a Quintain spokesman.

Subject to planning approval from Brent Council, construction on the £20M project will start later this year and will be completed in 2009 at the latest To avoid spectators walking through a construction site to reach Wembley, the steps will be built underneath the pedway, which will then be demolished in between the 35 events per year that the stadium is licensed to hold.

'We had always planned to reconnect the pedway to the stadium but we have been working through optioneering with stakeholders such as Brent Council and the local police to nd a better solution to the 1970s concrete pedway, ' said a Quintain spokesman. 'We think that we have found a fantastic solution.'

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