London Overground extension plans
- Vital 4km extension to support largest housing development in East London
- Link would allow up to 10,800 new homes to be built
Transport for London (TfL) is seeking public views in an initial consultation on plans to extend London Overground services on the Gospel Oak to Barking line to a new station at Barking Riverside.
Barking Riverside is the largest housing development in east London, with planning permission for up to 10,800 new homes, as well as healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities.
Significant transport infrastructure must be built to support the development. Without a suitable rail link, no more than 1,500 homes can be built on the 443 acre, former power station site.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
'Introducing the services of one of the UK's most punctual and popular railways will fast-track the renaissance of Barking Riverside. Other extensions have proven instrumental in spurring jobs and economic growth - the experience of this part of London should be no different. A link in to the London Overground network and access to central London would without doubt unlock further development in Barking Riverside and help it to realise its full potential.'
TfL's Managing Director of Planning, Michele Dix, said:
'This initial consultation is to enable stakeholders and the local community to give us their views on the proposal and influence the design of the scheme going forward. We will use these to lay the foundations of a full and extensive public consultation in 2015.'
Those wishing to make submissions may do so at www.tfl.gov.uk/gospeloak-barking after 8 September 2014.
In support of a leaflet drop to 27,400 households in the area, TfL is also holding drop-in sessions where staff will be available to answer questions from members of the public. The sessions will be held at Barking Library 1pm-5pm, Saturday 20 September, Thames View Library 2:30pm-7pm Tuesday 23 September and the Rivergate Centre, 3pm-8pm, Monday 6 October.
Notes to Editors:
- The initial consultation will start on 8 September 2014 and close on 19 October 2014.
- Please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/gospeloak-barking to have your say on the proposed extension and station.
- The new extension will:
- Enable the delivery of up to 10,800 new homes, many of which will be affordable as well as a new school and healthcare facilities.
- Enable construction of a new district centre with commercial and leisure facilities, providing opportunities for employment and training during construction and in the final development.
- Act as a catalyst to re-connect Barking and Dagenham residents with over 2km of Thames waterfront, and provides access to new parks and public open space.
- Be complemented by wider transport improvements including cycling provision and fully integrated bus services to link Barking Riverside with surrounding areas.