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Overground extension to Barking Riverside given green light

An extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside has this week been announced by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT).

The extension will also unlock the building of 10,800 new homes, and the first services are expected in late 2021, with construction set to start in summer 2018.

The 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line is also fully funded, with £172m of the £263m cost of the scheme being footed by developers, Barking Riverside Limited.

TfL will meet the remainder of the cost for the project through its Growth Fund, which supports projects that have a direct impact on unlocking housing and employment growth.

“This is wonderful news for east London,” said mayor of London Sadiq Khan. “Barking Riverside has huge potential to deliver thousands of much-needed affordable homes, and the extension of the Overground will ensure residents have the high-quality transport links they need, both to the surrounding area and commuting into central London.

“Barking Riverside will deliver new homes, schools, healthcare facilities and much more, and the Overground extension is a vital part of making these exciting plans a reality.”

And Alex Williams, TfL’s director for city planning, added: “Being given the green light by government for this London Overground extension is fantastic news for the Barking Riverside development, helping breathe new life into the area and enabling up to 10,800 vital new homes, along with the creation of new healthcare and leisure services.”

Matthew Carpen, project director of Barking Riverside London, described the announcement as a “momentous moment for the project”.

“Gaining formal consent from the government for the Overground Extension to Barking Riverside is not only a huge milestone for the development but also crucial in connecting this new neighbourhood to the City, which will support the delivery of 600 homes a year,” he explained.

“It is a result of true partnership working between Transport for London, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Barking Riverside London’s shareholders L&Q and the GLA.”

Last year, TfL also revealed the shortlist of companies who are competing to deliver the project. Today’s announcement also follows news at the end of last month that the public had given its backing to an extension of the Bakerloo Line.

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Manchester Mike   09/08/2017 at 16:22

Building the extension above ground will be a waste of money if and when the line is extended under the Thames to Thamesmead.

Andrew Gwilt   10/08/2017 at 01:23

Not only the extension to Barking Riverside. But that could even evolve the DLR to extend Dagenham Dock if that also is approved by TfL to extend the DLR to Dagenham Dock and possibly to extend the DLR or Overground to Abbey Wood to connect with Elizabeth Line and Southeastern train services at Abbey Wood.

Geoff Demprunt   12/08/2017 at 11:58

The extension has all the hallmarks of the DLR to Island Gardens, an extension to Lewisham replaced the surface station. The Mayor is keen on environmentally friendly crossings of the Thames, surely he should, as they did at DLR Lewisham, put this to the Private Sector at the same time as Riverside is being tendered. A flat fee for all tickets over a 20 or even 30 year period would get a link to Abbey Wood and if Kentish Town were reaccessed a really impressive service. The current thinking seems more Basil Brush than Basalgette.

Geoff Demprunt   12/08/2017 at 12:09

TfL should look at all their land on the line and work out what can be resold or developed. This could pay for a signal upgrade . 9-3 Passenger Trains Peak and 6-6 off peak to keep the Freight moving. 2/3, trains an hour Abbey Wood to Gospel Oak , Kentish Town ( Thameslink) and Clapham Junction . 45 mins for the first two and 65 mins journey time the last.

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