Controversial work to remove the iconic pedestrian walkway, known at the pedway has begun at Wembley Stadium by Quintain, the developers behind the Wembley Park regeneration.

In place of the pedway will be the ‘Olympic Steps’ that are the final part of the wider program of upgrades to the entire length of Olympic Way, the road that links Wembley Park tube station and the world-famous Wembley Stadium, reports the Kilburn Times.

Work is due to be completed in time for the Carabao Cup Final in 2021 and the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, which has been rescheduled for June and July 2021 at Wembley Stadium.

The pedway was constructed in 1974 as a route for pedestrians to the old stadium over a now non-existent coach park. Quintain formally proposed the new steps in an application in 2007 during the construction of the new Wembley Stadium.

James Saunders, chief exec of Quintain said: “The completed Olympic Way upgrades, including the iconic new Olympic Steps, will dramatically transform the arrival to Wembley Park and the National Stadium, creating a new and improved experience for spectators and fantastic new public spaces for our residents, shoppers and workers who come to Wembley Park every day.”

Sixteen channels divided by handrails and walls with 48 steps will take people from Olympic Way to the top, and then these will be separated into four flights of 12 steps.

There will also be four new lifts installed at the stadium, which have room for three wheelchair users at a time. Quintain says that the new lifts ‘have been designed to meet industry best practice and will be rigorously tested prior to use at major events.’

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