Newly Assigned Olympic Postcodes:
The Royal Mail has given the magnificent new Olympic Park for the London 2012 Games the same postcode as the famous television soap, Eastenders. A brand new postcode is being introduced for the destination in Stratford, East London.
The new postcode will cover a total of five new neighbourhoods that will be created shortly after the 2012 Games have taken place, at which point the site will be renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The stadium itself will receive its very own postcode of E20 2ST and more than one hundred new postcodes will be assigned to the new developments throughout the Olympic park; remember that each of these postcodes will cover up to 99 addresses each.
Up until now, E20 had been an entirely fictional postcode, pinpointing the fictional London district of Watford, home of course to Albert Square in Eastenders. Here’s hoping that visitors to the 2012 Olympics don’t start wandering around looking for the Queen Vic...
In addition, the E20 postcode for the Olympic park will cover neighbouring areas including the residential apartments in the Athletes Village and the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre which will eventually house 400 separate retail units. It is predicted that up to 8,000 homes will end up being built altogether.
The Future of E20
The postcodes will be carefully split into three zones: E20 1, E20 2 and E20 3. Stephen Agar, Director of Royal Mail’s regulated business has said: “It is fitting that such a significant development in London has been allocated its own easily recognisable postcode more than 150 years after the world’s first postcodes were introduced in the capital.”
In addition to this, Andrew Altman, Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company in charge of managing the Park after the Games have finished, has said “This is a new postcode for a new part of London. E20 will be one of the capital’s most popular districts focused on community-living, sport and entertainment.”
London’s very first postal districts were introduced in London in 1857, whilst the current way of implementing letters and numbers was not actually introduced until the late 1950’s. Many of these areas still have their original postcodes, never to be changed. That’s a hefty amount of postcode data to keep adding to!