The famous Olympic Way approach to Wembley Stadium, known by many as Wembley Way, is set to be flattened in place of new steps as part of a multi-million pound facelift.
Football fans making the journey from Wembley Park Tube station to the national stadium will now have to travel up stairs to reach the ground but designers have insisted disabled access will be improved.
Brent Council’s Planning Committee approved the application from developer Quintain, which owns the land surrounding the stadium, to demolish the 1970s concrete pedestrian crossing.
The removal of the concrete barrier that splits Wembley Park is part of the wider regeneration of the area and the final part of work to Olympic Way itself, which is being transformed into a destination in its own right.
Visitors to the stadium will be able to access the outer concourse through the new set of steps, while four new lifts will also be provided for those unable to take the stairs.
Visitors with mobility impairments will also be able to access the stadium from a dedicated car park and bridge to east of the Stadium.
New lighting will be installed and the area beneath the steps will be used for as a temporary event space.
The demolition of the 1970s concrete pedway, which fails to meet modern-day accessibility criteria, also unlocks a site to the north-west of the stadium for development, which will also include a new public square facing Olympic Way.
Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning, said: “Olympic Way is a processional route for millions of visitors and these improvements which have now been approved will help make it a safer, more attractive and desirable location.
“It will become a destination in itself and mean that we’ll have more visitors coming here on non-event days to places like Boxpark, the new Wembley Park theatre or one of the many bars or café’s – all of which will create an economic benefit that will be felt much further afield than Wembley, which of course is great news for Brent businesses and local jobs.”
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