Yesterday I went for the first time on the new Docklands Light Railway line from Canning Town to Stratford International Station. It opened last week and is a great step forward for the whole area. The 6km £211 million route has 4 brand new fully accessible stations which also connect five London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic venues. In is particularly good news for West Ham ward since two of the stations are right next to the ward boundaries. From Stratford International you can be in St Pancras in under 10 minutes. Eventually (fingers crossed) you will be able to pick up the Eurostar from Stratford.
Also, last week I went on another tour of Westfield Stratford City. Only a few weeks ago it was a building site and we had to wear safety helmets and boots. Now the shops are being fitted out and you could walk around in normal clothing. The new shopping centre (the biggest in Europe with 300 stores) opens this Tuesday. Today, by coincidence, I had to go to Ilford to visit the nearest Marks and Sparks. The Shopping centre in Ilford is a fairly pleasant enough location and I wish it well, but I really pleased that Newham will now have a world class shopping and leisure facility which will also provide thousands of jobs and careers for local people. Double click photos to bring up detail.
(Oh yes, isn't there is some sort of sporting event going on in Stratford next year as well? :)