Barking Riverside extension
The extension - which includes 4.5km of new track - is one of several transport measures designed to serve the emerging development area at Barking Riverside.
Barking Riverside is the largest housing development in east London, with planning permission for up to 10,000 new homes, as well as healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities. Without a new rail link in place, the full potential of the development at Barking Riverside cannot be achieved.
The Barking Riverside extension will be capable of operating four trains per hour from Barking station along the existing Tilbury line used by c2c between Fenchurch Street and Grays. After passing under the Renwick Road bridge the extension would then head south to a new station in the heart of the Barking Riverside development.
The extension will bring:
- A 4.5km extension to Barking Riverside, from the Tilbury Loop line between Barking and Dagenham Dock stations to Barking Riverside
- Reconfiguration of Network Rail's Ripple Lane goods yard so the extension can connect to the Tilbury Loop
- Construction of a viaduct over the Ripple Lane yard. The viaduct will have to be built over the Tilbury Loop and foundations constructed between the HS1 tunnels
- Continuation of the viaduct for another 1.5km over Renwick Road and into the heart of Barking Riverside
- Construction of a new terminus station within the Barking Riverside town square. The station will have step-free access from street to train
Benefits of the extension
The Barking Riverside extension will:
- Enable construction of 10,000 homes at Barking Riverside, plus a new school, healthcare facilities and a new district centre with commercial and leisure facilities, high-quality public spaces and connections to walking and cycling routes
- Provide a transport link to Barking town centre and its District and Hammersmith & City Tube services and c2c services to London Fenchurch Street and Essex, along with a connection to the Elizabeth line station at Forest Gate via Wanstead Park
- Create reliable public transport within Barking Riverside
- Improve transport accessibility - Barking Riverside station will offer a step-free entry point to other London Overground services
- Offer a sustainable public transport alternative to car travel
We're also developing a series of transport improvements in the area, including enhancements to the bus network. We are working with Barking and Dagenham Council on the creation of a street network that promotes walking and cycling. See the Barking Riverside website.
Works until summer 2022
Work needed to complete the extension is being done across multiple sites:
Rail systems on the Network Rail corridor and viaduct
- Reconfigure the final signalling
- Route testing and driver training
Build of Barking Riverside station
- Complete the station fit-out including electrical, mechanical and communications equipment
- Complete the works around the station that will allow the station to open
What we've done so far
Since the work started in 2018, we have:
- Completed track install on the viaduct
- Configured and aligned the track between Barking and Dagenham Dock
- Fully linked the viaduct after the main bridge beams were finished
- Built a new ramp that will connect to the planned viaduct structure which will carry the extension to Barking Riverside
- Carried out piling near High Speed 1 tunnels
- Glazed the station façade and lower canopy
- Paved in the station
- Installed track on the viaduct
- Installed station stairs, lifts to platforms, cycle storage and gateline/ticket machines
We also installed the structural steel plates, each weighing over 100 tonnes, over 35 metres long and over 3 metres deep, and four of the 25 cross beams. The work involved rigging up the lifting equipment and installing the steelwork and temporary securing of structural steelwork elements.
All the lifting operations involved using large-scale cranes, including the largest mobile crane in the UK.
Specially trained site personnel will oversee all vehicles driving into the work sites. We also have plans for vehicle holding areas to manage the flow of vehicles to the site.
Measures to reduce noise, dirt and vibrations
We will use noise-reducing acoustic barriers where appropriate, and wheel washers so dirt does not spread to local roads. We'll also use the best type of machinery and equipment available to do the work.