New shopping hub to benefit London office workers


A huge shopping centre which yesterday opened its door to the public is likely to bring benefits to west London office workers.

Employees working in the Shepherds Bush area now have a £1.7 billion mall on their doorstep complete with 280 shops.

Yesterday alone, 20,000 shoppers had gone through the doors by lunchtime despite the current economic downturn.

The Westfield shopping centre has helped to regenerate this part of London with new job opportunities opening up and thousands more people now expected to visit the area.

Opening the 43-acre site yesterday, London mayor Boris Johnson said: “This huge investment in infrastructure will help to boost the London economy and will make life better for the people of west London, who will see the real benefits of an unprecedented improvement in public transport.”

He added that the shopping centre will “bring new investment into the local community and will help to support the regeneration not just in the area around Wood Lane, but for many miles around”. ADNFCR-1329-ID-18853917-ADNFCR