Supporting Stratford’s continued growthJuly 25, 2014
As well as mega projects like Crossrail 2 and the Thames Tideway Tunnel, London First also lobbies for much smaller infrastructure changes to help promote the capital’s future growth – which is why we welcomed the Mayor’s announcement this week of new proposals aimed at accelerating the continued development of Stratford.
Alongside the launch of an international competition to design the Mayor’s vision for ‘Olympicopolis’ (a new cultural and educational quarter at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park), the Mayor also announced plans to ‘move’ Stratford’s stations to a more central London travel zone.
London First called for just such a rezoning of Stratford in a report (see pp113-114) published in February this year. The move would see Stratford, Stratford International and Stratford High Street move from zone 3 to zone 2/3 effective from January 2016, at a net cost to TfL of about £7m annually. It will benefit commuters and visitors travelling to the stations at lower cost and recognises the substantial investment in Stratford’s station and transport links which have helped to redraw the economic map of London.
Following the re-opening of the Olympic Park to the public and the planned office moves of both the Financial Conduct Authority and TfL into the area, this provides welcome recognition of the growing attraction of east London. The rezoning proposal is now subject to approval from the Department for Transport.
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