The Barking Riverside extension will add 4.5km to the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking line, and take it from Barking to a new station at Barking Riverside. The main works contractor is now on site to begin construction. Train services will start in December 2021.
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 10,800 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 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.
London Riverside Opportunity Area
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 over 26,000 new homes and 16,000 new jobs will be created for London. More information is on the London Riverside page on the GLA website.
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 10,800 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
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
Work needed to complete the extension is being done across multiple sites:
Work on rail systems on the Network Rail corridor
Installation of new rail track and services
Piling and structure installation for overhead line equipment
Engineering trains for delivery of track
Installation of foundations for the viaduct piers
Continuation of piling and pier work
Start of piling near High Speed 1 tunnels
The build of Barking Riverside station
Completion of all piers
Start of ground beam construction to support brickwork for the station
Works completed to date
In summer 2019 we took temporary possession of railway sections between Barking and Dagenham Dock.
During this phase of work, we:
Re-configured and tested new overhead electric lines
Installed signal systems and telecommunications
Configured and aligned the track
Creating piling for a new pier that will support the viaduct
Built a new ramp that will connect to the planned viaduct structure which will carry the extension to Barking Riverside
Safe practices: 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.
Authorised routes: We will ensure that only roads suitable for our vehicles are used, including:
A13 - River Road/Movers Lane junction
Choats Road - Choats Manor Way junction
Renwick Road junction
Working hours: Our core construction deliveries and collections will be:
During school term time extra restrictions on deliveries will apply:
Monday-Friday 08:00-09:00 and 15:00-16:15
This will apply to River Road, Renwick Road, and Choats Road
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 will also use the best type of machinery and equipment available to do the work.