November 24 - A range of temporary measures designed to keep passengers moving at West Ham station during the London 2012 Games have been given planning permission, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today.
West Ham station is one of the three Olympic Gateway stations that spectators will use during the London 2012 Games.
A series of temporary measures will ensure the station can cope with the influx of spectators travelling to the Olympic Park on the District and Hammersmith & City lines, while also allowing regular commuters and residents to follow their usual route through the station with minimal disruption.
A planning application outlining the works was submitted last month following public consultation work with local residents and commuters, and the plans have now been given planning permission.
ODA Transport Director Hugh Sumner said: "West Ham is a key station that will enable spectators to get straight onto the Greenway and up to the Olympic Park from the District and Hammersmith & City lines.
"Our plans will make sure that spectators, regular commuters and residents alike can safely use West Ham station, avoiding unnecessary congestion.
"Securing planning permission for these works is an important step towards keeping people moving at this key station in 2012."
The works at West Ham station will involve building a temporary footbridge spanning the eastbound track of the District & Hammersmith and City Lines, with a temporary walkway taking people to Manor Road.
The temporary footbridge and walkway will allow Games-time spectators to get directly from those platforms onto the Greenway walking route towards the Olympic Park, without having to pass through the station itself.
The measures will also allow regular commuters and residents to follow their usual route through the station with minimal disruption.
Permanent works to install an improved ramp and stairs up to the Greenway will also take place and will remain in place after the 2012 Games.
Work on the temporary measures at West Ham station will begin next year and the station will remain fully operational while the works are carried out.