The Anonymous Widower

The Proposed MSG Sphere At Stratford

I have been reading about the proposed MSG Sphere at Stratford in East London.

Note.

  1. The railway lines to the left of the sphere are platforms 11 and 12 of Stratford station on the West Anglia Main Line.
  2. The Great Eastern Main Line goes off to the right.

This article in the Guardian gives a good outline of the building and its promoters and backing.

But it won’t be plain sailing to get planning permission, as this paragraph explains.

Worries have already been voiced by local residents. A petition launched four months ago argues that the building will block sunlight, create light pollution and increase traffic in the area. Others have opposed MSG, whose executive chair, James Dolan, has donated funds to Donald Trump, and was on the board of the Weinstein Company from 2015-16. Beverley Whitrick, strategic director of the Music Venue Trust, has argued< that some audiences would feel uncomfortable in a venue from a Trump backer.

Protestors also believe the site should be used for housing, as Newham has over 25,000 households on the housing waiting list.

This Google Map shows the site.

Note.

  1. The site was used as a coach park during the 2912 Olympics.
  2. The Channel Tunnel Rail Link runs across the Northern edge of the site.
  3. The Great Eastern Main Line runs along the South-Eastern edge of the site.

As the sphere will be five hundred feet across, it must almost fill the site.

And then there’s this article in The Telegraph, which is entitled Crossrail Objects To Plan For London Mega-Venue.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Crossrail’s operator is seeking to block plans for a “second O2” in London, over concerns flashing lights from the proposed entertainment venue could cause crashes, with trains travelling at up to 80mph.

Crossrail have a serious point.

May 6, 2020 - Posted by | Transport, World | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I thought the lockdown was dragging along but seemed to miss out on the 2912 Olympics In note 1.

    What’s the odds that the local residents complaining live in the new Olympic village development and have just moved to Stratford!

    I suppose making it bigger and enclosure of railway is a non starter !

    Comment by Melvyn | May 6, 2020 | Reply


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