01 Mar 2012 - The Duke of Gloucester has unveiled a new permanent landmark for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the Greenway, a key London 2012 cycle and walkway.
A large impression of The Crown and E II R insignia was installed on the Greenway by the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Sixty glass pavement markers make up the piece on the Greenway and lighting effects will run through a symbolic 60-second sequence, creating a shimmering effect at night.
The Greenway, based within the Olympic Park boundaries, will form part of the Jubilee Walkway Trust’s 60km London-wide walking and cycling route that celebrates the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The rest of the route is marked out by around 500 square glass plaques and links central London Games venues with many of the capital's favourite parks, attractions, palaces and views.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester said: ‘It is wonderful that the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Games have come together to create a unique emblem on the edge of the Olympic Park that will be enjoyed by people for years to come.’
The Greenway has benefitted from substantial investment in the run-up to the Games. The Olympic Delivery Authority has funded the improvement of a 2.3km stretch linking the Olympic Park to Victoria Park and West Ham station by working in partnership with Thames Water, Newham Council and Tower Hamlets Council to maintain and improve the section and surrounding areas.
The route has been resurfaced and widened to improve the cycleway and footpath, while new signage, fencing, seating and improved access points have been installed.