Video: Olympic dream begins to take shape

As the thousands of people from Suffolk who travel daily by train to London will know, it is becoming increasingly hard to ignore the work being carried out at the Olympic Park.

EAST OF ENGLAND: As the thousands of people from Suffolk who travel daily by train to London will know, it is becoming increasingly hard to ignore the work being carried out at the Olympic Park.

The impressive development is starting to take shape and as you roll into the station at Stratford you cannot help but notice the towering cranes and large concrete structures that now dominate the skyline.

Over the last year or so, the 2.5 sq km site on the Lower Lea Valley has been transformed into a hive of activity as workmen and engineers strive to create a venue fit for the world's greatest sporting event.

The sheer scale of development is breathtaking - the showcase 80,000-seater Olympic Stadium takes centre stage while the impressive looking Aquatics Centre promises to be a real jaw-dropper.


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The VeloPark, Basketball Arena and Olympic Village have all been started while work is also underway on the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre together with the associated infrastructure, transport links and utilities.

The East of England is not expected to miss out as the Games are estimated to be worth more than �600m to the region - nearly �70m to Suffolk alone - while there a wide range of opportunities in sport, culture, business and education.

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An estimated �130m is spent on the project every month, with bosses confident it will be ready for a grand opening in the spring or summer of 2011.

Once the Olympic flame has been extinguished it is hoped the development will transform four of England's most deprived boroughs.

The various developments will be used to provide a lasting legacy for the area, with facilities including social housing, a secondary school, a medical centre and employment space.

Gold medal-winning triple jumper Jonathan Edwards said: “It's something of which we can all be proud. The eyes of the world will be on London and the UK and it's really important that we get it right.”

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