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Olympic preparations start in east London

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The team behind the London 2012 Olympic Games has cleared the first hurdle as the city prepares to host the multibillion-pound sporting bonanza.

Hackney's Olympic Planning Committee has given the thumbs up to plans to bury miles of overhead power lines under the proposed Olympic site in the Lea Valley, east London.

The £200 million scheme will include the construction of two tunnels at a depth of up to 30m between the sub-stations at Leabridge in Hackney and West Ham in Newham.

The AJ also understands that all the spoil from the shafts will be dumped on the old greyhound racing stadium site in Waterden Road and will be then reused to landscape the new Olympic Park.

Due to start later in the year, the project is first of a series of planning matters that the committee is expected to decide over the coming months.

by Richard Waite

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