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Monday, 17 November 2014
London Transport Museum’s “Year of the Bus” is currently being marked in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford - an area of London that is becoming increasingly well-connected to the rest of the capital.
Seven ‘London Bus’ sculptures went-up in the park on 20 October, and will remain in place throughout November and into December. The sculptures in Stratford - painted and adorned by well-known and aspiring artists - form a collection of around 60 which are being placed across London on four walking trails as part of the Year of the Bus.
One of the first of these walking trails is “Around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park” (http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/news/news-articles/2014/10/year-of-the-bus-sculpture-trails-unveiled), which stands proudly alongside “Around Westminster” and “Around the River”.
Each of the sculptures is 2.5m long, 1m high and 0.5m wide. They will remain on public display for a minimum of seven weeks before being brought together in a final display at the end of the project before being auctioned early next year - to raise funds for three charities: Kids Company, Transaid and London Transport Museum.
Already well-connected to the rest of London by bus, underground, rail and the DLR, Stratford is looking forward to even more exciting new travel developments in 2015 and 2016.
In September 2015, London’s 150-year-old underground system is set to introduce a 24-hour weekend service across parts of the network, including both the Central and Jubilee lines, which run through Stratford. Visitors to the area will then be able to enjoy Stratford’s night time haunts, including Aspers Casino, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the world famous Theatre Royal Stratford East without fear of missing the last tube home.
From January 2016, all stations in the area (Stratford, Stratford International and Stratford High Street) will be re-zoned to zone 2/3. As London moves east and visitor attractions in Stratford continue to emerge, re-zoning will mean cheaper, hassle free travel to one of London’s growing destinations.
Another development from early 2016 will see London’s flagship Cycle Hire scheme expand into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Eight new docking stations - positioned at key locations such as the ArcelorMittalOrbit, London Aquatics Centre and Lee Valley Velopark – will bring a total of 320 docking points to the Stratford park. Work on the expansion will begin next year.
Looking even further ahead, Crossrail is set to connect the west and east sides of the city via two huge tunnels bored under central London. Trains will travel from Heathrow through the West End, the City of London, Canary Wharf and out to Essex and Kent - with Stratford functioning as a key link in the chain. When Crossrail opens fully in 2019, journey times from Stratford will be just 10 minutes to Farringdon, 13 minutes to Tottenham Court Road, and an impressive 49 minutes straight to Heathrow Airport and its worldwide links.
High-speed trains already connect Stratford to St Pancras railway station - offering a regular service of trains and a speedy six minute journey.