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
Map showing route of Barking Riverside rail extension from Barking station to the new Barking Riverside station. Most of the route will be along the existing c2c line with new track at the end

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

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.

Works until 4 August 2019

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:

  • Re-configure and test new overhead electric lines
  • Install the signal system and telecommunications
  • Configure and align the track
  • Build a new ramp that will connect to the planned viaduct structure which will carry the extension to Barking Riverside and piling for a new pier that will support the viaduct

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.

Minimising 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:

  • 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:

  • Monday-Friday 08:00-18:00
  • Saturday 08:00-13:00

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.

Our contractor

We are delivering this project with the MSVF joint venture of Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and VolkerFitzpatrick.

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