Stratford stations to be 're-zoned' as part of Olympic Park push

By Rob Virtue on July 21, 2014 10:14 AM |

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Boris Johnson has announced three stations in east London are to be moved zones in a bid to encourage more people to visit.

Stratford, Stratford International and Stratford High Street will change from zone 3 to zone 2/3 from January 2016.

The move will reportedly cost Transport for London £7million each year and allow many passengers to visit the area at a cheaper rate.

The announcement came as the London Mayor pushed forward his plans for Olympicopolis in the Olympic Park, which will showcase art, dance, history, science and technology.

"I am determined to use all the levers at my disposal to exploit the unique and exceptional opportunities at this site and to recognise the shifting economic map of London, we will be moving Stratford's stations - and one of the largest and most connected transport hubs in the country - into a new zone," said the mayor.

"This is an additional measure to support the ambitious regeneration plans we have in place."

He launched a competition on Monday to find a design team for Olympicopolis.

The scheme takes inspiration from Prince Albert's Albertopolis, which used the proceeds from the 1851 Great Exhibition to create a 86 acre site around South Kensington.

"Our goal is to create thousands of new jobs whilst driving up the life chances and opportunities of local people to match those enjoyed across the capital," said the mayor."

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales backed the zone change. "Rezoning East London will accelerate growth, bring additional investment and visitors and create much needed jobs and homes," he said.

Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East, the park's digital quarter, added: "The area is already attracting some of the world's leading and most recognisable companies and cultural institutions, and this move will further boost Stratford's commercial appeal while accelerating its ongoing regeneration."