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.
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:
The Barking Riverside extension will:
We are also working with Barking Riverside London on a series of transport improvements in the area, including to the bus network, and the creation of a street network that promotes walking and cycling.
Until 4 August 2019, we will take temporary possession of railway sections between the Barking and Dagenham Dock areas. Our contractors will then have safe and secure access to the rail corridor while they work.
During this phase of work, we will:
To be safe, this work needs to be done when trains are not running. Our services will run as normal but c2c services which usually operate in the area will be affected. See the changes to the c2c timetable.
To make the most of this period, we are working around the clock, both day and night. The working hours have been agreed with Barking and Dagenham Council - we will continue to work closely with the borough to reduce disruption.
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:
Working hours: Our core construction deliveries and collections will be:
During school term time extra restrictions on deliveries will apply:
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.