Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Benefits for Years to Come

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Benefits for Years to Come

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Byline: ROSS LYDALL

Stratford

STRATFORD sits in the heart of Newham, the third most deprived borough in the country. More than 100,000 adults are on benefits and almost two-thirds of children grow up in poverty.

Regeneration has begun. Its international station is due to open in 2007 and the massive Stratford City development - with shops, offices and 5,000 homes - is being built alongside.

But much remains to be done.

Winning the Olympics would tie the efforts together. Some 269 hectares are needed for the Olympic park. Work has started on preparing the site for a [pounds sterling]70 million aquatics centre and Hackney stadium has been cleared by bulldozers.

Planning permission for the 80,000-seat stadium and 17,320-bed athletes' village has been granted.

All that is needed is for the starting gun to be fired on London 2012 and [pounds sterling]2.375 billion of improvements will be under way.

London's transport

LONDON has been crying out for years for a transport system to match its status as a great world city. The Olympics could help unify the drive for improvement.

By 2012 there will be 10 train and Tube lines within walking distance of the Olympic Park at Stratford - a train every 15 seconds at peak times, or 240,000 passengers an hour. This will be done through a combination of "bullet train" services and Government-funded improvements through the [pounds sterling]20 billion part-privatisation of the Tube. The "jewel" will be the Olympic Javelin shuttle, speeding passengers from St Pancras to Stratford in less than seven minutes.

The [pounds sterling]1 billion East London line extension, to Dalston and Highbury and Islington stations in the north and Crystal Palace and West Croydon in the south, will allow 300,000 residents access to the Tube for the first time.

The North London line, from Richmond to North Woolwich, is set to benefit from a [pounds sterling]91 million package of improvements. …

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