Olympic Park ‘View Tube’ marks visitor milestone

A MILESTONE 100,000th visitor has been celebrated by a Stratford venue with a bird’s-eye view of the Olympic Park.

Staff at the View Tube on the Greenway in Marshgate Lane celebrated with cake and flowers to welcome their 100,000th arrival since the site opened in November 2009.

Centre manager Rosie Murdoch said: “Who’d have thought a few shipping containers perched on top of a sewer would attract people from across the world?”

The View Tube, which is run by social enterprise Leaside Regeneration, has proved a hit with tourists as it is the one and only community space where you can see the Olympic Park taking shape.

Nigel King, who was thrilled to be the centre’s 100,000th visitor, said: “I come here all the time when I’m not working. The atmosphere is unusual.

“You’ve got the excitement of watching the changes on the site, coupled with a great ethos of recycled containers and local artists working up here.”

The partnership project is backed by London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, the Olympic Delivery Authority and Thames Water.