While the opening of Westfield London caused gridlock on the roads around Shepherds Bush, since then, 80% of the 10 million visitors have arrived by public transport. Hammersmith & Fulham Council says the two new rail stations, new bus garage and new bus routes are doing their job.
Councillor Nicholas Botterill, Hammersmith & Fulham Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “It is true that there were fears over the number of cars expected to clog up our, already struggling, local road infrastructure, But, six months after the opening, it looks as if the new Tube and Overground stations are keeping things moving nicely around Shepherds Bush.”
A brand new Hammersmith & City line station – Wood Lane – was the first to be built on an existing line for more than 70 years. The original Shepherds Bush station on the Central line was re-vamped and a new Overground station on the West London Line also opened. A new bus station completed the reformed Shepherds Bush interchange.
The economic benefits of the new Centre are spreading too, 13% of the 7,000 jobs have gone to Hammersmith & Fulham residents, with the rest to the surrounding areas.
Other figures suggest the unexpected halo effect on local shopping is continuing, with shopper numbers up 3% year on year at the King’s Mall Shopping Centre in Hammersmith, from 632,496 to 651,250.
A cinema and Britain’s most modern library including a new work zone – a facility dedicated to helping residents secure jobs – will open at Westfield later this year.