The extension - which includes 1.6km 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 10,800 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 would 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.
Barking Riverside is part of the London Riverside Opportunity Area. In September 2015 the GLA adopted an Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) for the London Riverside area, setting out how it will deliver over 26,000 new homes and 16,000 new jobs for London. More information is on the London Riverside page on the GLA website.
The extension would:
We are also working with Barking Riverside Limited on a series of transport improvements measures in the area, including bus network enhancements and the creation of a street network that promotes walking and cycling.
The Secretary of State for Transport has decided that a public inquiry into the scheme will be held starting on 18 October 2016. Check back here closer to the time for more details.
This decision follows our application for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) on 31 March 2016, when we asked for powers to construct and operate the rail extension.
The TWAO documents - and details of the TWAO process - are available on the Barking Riverside page in Publications & reports.
For more information see the Barking Riverside extension public inquiry page on the Persona Associates website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have also started the search for a contractor to build the extension. A notice has been put with the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) asking for expressions of interest.
We expect to issue a formal Invitation to Tender in 2017 after the public inquiry and further design work are completed.