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Stratford sees revival post-Olympic and pandemic, preparing for new crowd

Stratford Editorial 22nd Aug, 2023   0

Sporting events always bring new opportunities, from hospitality to sports betting. The notion remains true in Stradford. According to London Legacy Development Corporation’s chief executive Lyn Garner, Stratford has achieved the most successful post-Olympic regeneration by creating numerous new homes and employment opportunities.

On August 1, Newham Council, Network Rail, Transport for London, and LLDC submitted a business case to the government. The plan has been developed to address the growing overcrowding concern at Stratford Station in eastern London. Newham’s mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz, said the business case offers a solution to Stratford station’s cramped and restricted design.

The redevelopment project will feature a brand-new public square as the focal point for a vibrant community and retail space. The plans also entail the construction of 2,000 homes, with a notable 50% of residences designated as “genuinely affordable.”

It also predicts 10,000 employment opportunities and 150,000 sqm of commercial space, indicating significant potential for growth and development in the area.

In addition, the proposal also highlights the positive impact of the project on the economic and environmental landscape of East London. The upgrades to the station are expected to increase productivity and reduce carbon emissions.

On the other hand, Fiaz predicts that the number of passengers will increase by 60% by 2041. The proposals have received support from various businesses and institutions such as East Bank, Here East, Westfield Stratford City, London City Airport, Stansted Airport, Notting Hill Genesis, and Stratford BID.

This station catered to a staggering 128 million passengers in 2019 alone. The station held the distinguished position of being the fifth busiest among all of those located in the United Kingdom in 2022. It is a critical transportation hub, providing essential connectivity between London, Essex, the eastern region of England, the Thames Estuary, and Kent.

Olympics and its impact on Stratford

Even after more than a decade, the 2012 UK Olympics has left a lasting impact on various aspects of Stratford. It generated substantial investment, contributing over £9 billion to east London, primarily in transportation infrastructure. Stratford has emerged as one of London’s most well-connected areas, trailing only King’s Cross in connectivity.

Currently, the athletes’ village has been transformed into a housing estate. A significant 40% portion of the new homes are designated as affordable. The Games also led to the creation of a new school and an aquatics centre that continues to benefit the community by providing facilities for schools, local residents, and elite athletes.

Beyond Stratford, the impact of the Olympics on local businesses is multifaceted, ranging from short-term economic boosts to potential challenges. However, despite the rising popularity of gambling, the relationship between the Olympics and sports betting is complex. The official stance on sports betting within the Olympics has undergone changes and considerations due to ethical, integrity, and regulatory concerns.

Betting on the Olympic Games was often discouraged or restricted to prevent any potential manipulation of results, which could undermine the spirit of fair play. In recent years, there has been a shift in approach, with some Olympic committees exploring potential partnerships with sports betting operators as a means of generating revenue for the Games. This has been driven, in part, by the growing acceptance of sports betting as a legitimate form of entertainment and the potential economic benefits it can provide.

Even UK is making progressive strides towards gambling, including mobile casinos and new types of betting, such as crypto betting on innovative games, like crypto crash games. A crypto crash game is a type of online gambling or betting game that involves predicting when a simulated cryptocurrency market or anything that represents such will crash. Aviator crash game, for instance, replaces that factor with aeroplanes. The higher the hike, the more the prize.

Over time, the relationship between the Olympics and sports betting has evolved from caution to a more nuanced approach that considers both the potential benefits and risks. While some partnerships and interactions have emerged, the focus remains on maintaining the integrity of the Olympic Games and ensuring that sports betting does not compromise the spirit of fair competition and sportsmanship.

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