By Tom Degun

view-tubeDecember 12 - The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has reopened the Greenway and the View Tube opposite the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford so that the public can see first-hand the dramatic changes being made to it following the Games.

The Greenway cycle and footpath, which connects Hackney Wick to Pudding Mill Lane in Stratford, was visited by thousands of people during the build-up to the Games.

The View Tube, which is a visitor centre made of green shipping, is located at the end of the Greenway and it became hugely popular due to the views it offered of the Olympic Park and key venues such as the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre.

The Legacy Company has reopened both the Greenway and the View Tube after they were closed during London 2012, while the View Tube has a new cafe called Moka East, which has doubled in size compared to before the Games.

"I am delighted that we can reopen this section of the Greenway to the public," said Legacy Company chief executive Dennis Hone.

"Along with the bus tours we launched last month, this is another way for people to see the creation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

"The View Tube has become one of the most popular places to visit since the Olympic Park has started.

"Now it has been expanded to become a larger community hub that will bring people together as their new Park is created in front of them."

view tube 2The View Tube offers stunning views of the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford

The View Tube now also has a new covered terrace with outside space, a classroom called View Tube Learn, a viewing gallery and a bike hire scheme offered by local charity Bikeworks.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which funded the View Tube when it opened in 2009, has funded further improvement works with a brand new extension including a kitchen extension and improved viewing gallery to accommodate more visitors and allow better access to it.

Work is expected to be completed in mid-December.

The Greenway is open 7am to 7pm every day and the View Tube from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.

"I am pleased that we have been able to reopen the View Tube with much improved facilities for our many visitors," said View Tube manager Paul Shaw.

"Our thanks go to the ODA for funding to make this happen and to the Legacy Corporation who gave us every assistance during the closedown in order for the works to take place."

Bus tours of the Olympic Park began on 21 November and run until Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park begins to open in July 2013.

The tours run on Wednesdays, Thursdays and some weekends.

There will be three tours a day until the spring when as the days get longer, a fourth tour will be added.

People interested in booking a tour should contact [email protected] or call 0800 023 2030.

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