Hammers to press ahead with capacity increase


West Ham and London Stadium owners will pursue a planning application for permission to increase football crowds by 2,500 when football crowds return to normal capacity.

Previously, before lockdown, Newham council said it was concerned about the existing impact on the operation of Stratford Station and the highway network on football match day adding that some aspects of the local area management plan are sub-optimal at present.

Newhan would agree to the capacity increase after proper town centre traffic impacts (including bus station impacts) are completed and also wants a lack of enforcement Action on existing Section 106 agreements for Westfield and Stadium (LLDC) to be addressed.

Newham also would also like to deter car-based travel to the London Stadium saying there is an existing obligation to achieve 90% non-car travel on match days. They want an increase in car parking prices to deter use by football supporters on match days.

Stadium owners LLDC, Newham Council and Tfl do not have an objection to the principle to the capacity stadium increase.

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  • mooro66uk says:

    Now there’s a surprise, Newham want to increase car parking charges. That seems to be their answer to everything.

  • Taffyhammer says:

    Newham – existing obligation? Have another vote and get a new obligation. Accommodate not deter. Get real Newham.

  • Hammerpete says:

    Increasing car parking charges are a cash cow not a deterrent. Saturday traffic, Westfield shopping, football – all contribute to Stratford High St and surrounds being gridlocked. Traffic is saturated before you can get to car parks. A bit more realistic approach and solutions needed Newham. Sort traffic flow from Bow and all feeder roads near stadium on match days!!!

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