"The work has been delivered on time and on budget"
According to Ken Livingstone, so there was much trumpeting at how the new Wembley Park Tube "gives London a world-class station to serve a world-class sporting venue and provides local residents in Brent with a substantially improved transport link". Just a shame the Metropolitan Line had severe delays this morning. As the Edinburgh Evening News said "Once guests finally reached Wembley they were greeted by London Mayor Ken Livingstone and former England goalkeeper David Seaman who together opened the station."
David Seaman said "It's great to see the Wembley Park Tube station in action today. Millions of fans are going to be travelling to sport and music events at Wembley Stadium in the next few years and they now have the public transport they need to get them there.
"The national stadium will be the envy of the rest of the world and we have equally impressive transport facilities to get fans to and from the stadium. Wembley Park will certainly be a fans'favourite. "
Seaman then spent time to "test out the new, larger ticket hall" with local school kids who used the station to carry out penalty shoot outs with him. Let's hope that's just for today's unveiling.
Other improvements at the station include:
A new events ticket hall
Widened stairs to Olympic Way for use during events
Extended roofs on platforms 4 and 5
Five new lifts, providing full accessibility to all platforms
Upgrade and expansion of CCTV
New Help point and information systems
Not quite sure why a station would need "extended roofs" - perhaps someone can enlighten me.