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a bridge too far

Today finally sees the re-opening of Lea Bridge Station, closed for the last 31 years. Trumpeted parenthetically last week in a tweet from the Standard's Ross Lydall as following a "£5m Olympic windfall".
"£5m Olympic windfall": Tweet trumpetting Lea Bridge Station re-opening as Olympics windfall"£5m Olympic windfall"

Kudos of course to those "transport officers in neighbouring Hackney council, working on London 2012 and its legacy" who "found there was £5 million funding available from the developers of Stratford City’s Westfield".

Roger Blake, director of campaign group Railfuture and a former transport officer at Hackney council, said: “The initial spark was in 2011 when transport officers in neighbouring Hackney council, working on London 2012 and its legacy, found there was £5 million funding available from the developers of Stratford City’s Westfield who were keen to expand their rail catchment northwards up the Lea Valley.”

Pedants here often belabour the point that Stratford City predates the Olympics, would've happened anyway, etc, cf. tessa's little legacy lie and so on. More factually it'll've been a Westfield Stratford City windfall to be very, very precise?


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