Greater London Authority calls for better stadium travel links

Section 106 agreements for new or redesigned stadiums offer major opportunities to boost infrastructure, the Greater London Authority (GLA) argued this week.

The GLA transport committee has examined congestion caused in the capital by around 250,000 sports fans travelling into the city each autumn weekend.

The mayor should use his powers to ensure that transport is considered when building or revamping stadiums, the GLA has proposed. This follows disparities in transport infrastructure funding in agreements on two high-profile stadiums.

Wembley National Stadium Ltd provided £9 million for transport infrastructure improvements, including redevelopment of Wembley Park station. The 70 per cent rise in capacity is a success, Transport for London said.

In contrast, more than £7 million was identified for Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium, but no improvements have yet taken place. The London Borough of Islington said this is because more money than first estimated was needed.

A Question of Sports Travel is available at PlanningResource.co.uk/doc.


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