Stratford International station


Stratford International station

London stations
name = Stratford International


manager = Southeastern
zone = Travelcard Zone 3
locale = Stratford
borough = London Borough of Newham
platforms = currently none (2008)
railcode =
gridref = TQ382849
starting = 2009

Stratford International station is a railway station located in Stratford in the London Borough of Newham in East London. The station has been built as part of work on the second phase of High Speed 1 and reached completion in April 2006. [cite news |first = Ben |last = Webster |author = Ben Webster |url = http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2144275,00.html |title = Ghost train station that cost £210m |work = The Times |date = 2006-04-21 |accessdate = 2006-07-20 |language = en-GB] The station forms part of the Stratford City redevelopment. It is not yet in use, although Eurostar services to and from St Pancras International pass through it. The opening of the station depends on the time it takes to develop good communications with the surrounding area. The opening is currently planned for February 2009 [http://www.newham.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/A85E7A6B-E23B-4404-A955-2A18CBEDEAC6/0/NM144.pdf The Newham Mag] , Issue 144, 3 May 2008, page 20] . Much of the surrounding land is currently a construction site as it lies just inside the eastern boundary of the Olympic site. [cite web | url = http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/about_eurostar/press_release/press_archive_2006/ebbsfleet.jsp | title = Eurostar unveils Ebbsfleet International Station as new high-speed gateway to continental Europe | accessdate = 2007-10-25 | date = 2006-09-12 | work = eurostar.com | language = en-GB]

Background

The station is on High Speed 1 between St. Pancras International and Ebbsfleet International station. It is situated about 400 m from nearby Stratford Regional station, which is a major regional rail and tube transport hub. The new station has four platforms and is bisected by a ramp used by empty stock trains to get out of the station trench in order to reach the depot at Temple Mills. The station was not authorised by the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1996 and an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 had to be made to allow for its construction. [ [http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/content.aspx?ActiveTextDocId=2622061 SI 2001/1451 The Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Stratford Station and Subsidiary Works) Order 2001 (No. 1451) at the Statute Law Database] ]

Stopping of Eurostar services

Eurostar trains will stop at this station from February 2009.

There was an issue with planning permission as the station requires easy access from the regional Stratford station before the station can become operational. The link would be made via a planned extension of the Docklands Light Railway, which is expected to reach Stratford International by 2010.Fact|article|date=March 2008 A previously proposed travelator link was scrapped.

Domestic services

The station will be used for domestic high-speed services to be operated by Southeastern. During the 2012 Summer Olympics it will serve Stratford's Olympic Park. In particular, the Olympic Javelin trains will take passengers from St. Pancras in central London and from Ebbsfleet International to the Olympic facilities around Stratford International station.

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