Olympic Stadium

Hollow Ponds evacuated as fire breaks out

Hollow Ponds FireThe Hollow Ponds area was evacuated by police this afternoon as fires broke out and smoke engulfed the pond and surrounding forest. Rowing boats were called in and people were asked to leave as fire engines moved in to tackle the fire towards the north end of the main and small ponds.

Fire engines had already attended a fire earlier in the day by Snaresbrook Road causing the road to be shut off to traffic and further traffic disruption was caused along Whipps Cross Road and surrounding roads as a result of the later fire.
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Going to the Closing Ceremony? Consider Eton Manor Gate to avoid the Stratford crush

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Above: Velodrome and Basketball arena

If you’re going to the Olympic Park and are worried about the crowds at Stratford, don’t forget you can also use the Eton Manor Gate on Eastway (near Spitalfields).

Get off at Leyton tube and walk down Ruckholt Road or through the Leyton Mills trading estate past Asda.

It’s about 15 minutes’ walk from Leyton tube, or you can get the W15 bus from Leytonstone tube station (Leytonstone Plaza side) to Eastway (or the W14 to Ruckholt Road then walk about 5 minutes).

Parkland near the Velodrome looking towards the Olympic StadiumEton Manor Gate is the nearest gate from Leytonstone to the Velodrome, BMX Track, Basketball arena, Riverbank Arena and Copperbox and the bandstand and Park Live screen, but is the opposite end of the Olympic Park to the Stadium and Aquatics Centre. It’s a good 20 minute walk from Eton Manor Gate to the Stadium, but a very pleasant one along the river and newly planted parkland.

Maps of the Olympic Park

  • Map of the Olympic Park (London2012 map in .pdf format you can print off and showing the main facilities)
  • Olympic Park on Google Maps (If you don’t know the area, beware, some people have tried to gain a marketing advantage by marking up the Olympic Stadium wrongly on Google Maps, the correct location is near to Stratford Station).

Olympic Park photographs

Olympic Park London04For the many people frustrated that they haven’t been able to buy a ticket to the Olympic Park, I’ve created a page with some photographs I took this week.

The photographs concentrate on the park, rather than sport.

Please share, there are a lot of people who are missing out on this surprising new addition to London’s park life.

Going to the Olympic Park? Avoid the crush use Eton Manor Gate instead?

Olympic Park Velodrome and Basketball Arena
Above: Velodrome and Basketball arena

If you’re going to the Olympic Park and are worried about the crush at Stratford, don’t forget you can also use the Eton Manor Gate on Eastway (near Spitalfields).

Get off at Leyton tube and walk down Ruckholt Road or through the Leyton Mills trading estate past Asda and the pop-up food market on Marshall Road.

It’s about 15 minutes’ walk from Leyton tube, or you can get the W15 bus from Leytonstone tube station (Leytonstone Plaza side) to Eastway (or the W14 to Ruckholt Road then walk about 5 minutes).

Parkland near the Velodrome looking towards the Olympic StadiumEton Manor Gate is the nearest gate from Leytonstone to the Velodrome, BMX Track, Basketball arena, Riverbank Arena and Copperbox and the bandstand and Park Live screen, but is the opposite end of the Olympic Park to the Stadium and Aquatics Centre — though a pleasant walk along the river and newly planted parkland.

Maps of the Olympic Park

  • Map of the Olympic Park (London2012 map in .pdf format you can print off and showing the main facilities)
  • Olympic Park on Google Maps (If you don’t know the area, beware, some people have tried to gain a marketing advantage by marking up the Olympic Stadium wrongly on Google Maps, the correct location is near to Stratford Station).