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 10,800 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, along with a connection to the Elizabeth line at 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 are also developing a series of transport improvements in the area, including enhancements to the bus network and the creation of a street network that promotes walking and cycling.
Works from summer 2020 to winter 2020/21
Work on the project restarted after the first lockdown. The construction sites are operating in full compliance with the latest Government and Public Health England guidance, with measures to enable social distancing and/or safe working.
Work needed to complete the extension is being done across multiple sites:
Work on rail systems on the Network Rail corridor and viaduct
- Track laying and signalling reconfiguration completed
- Remaining pier construction and viaduct cross beams completed
- Track installed on the viaduct
- More steel bridge spans installed, including one over the c2c passenger lines
The build of Barking Riverside station
- All piling works completed
- Elevated station built
- Steel structure forming the station canopy erected with cladding and glazing to the façade
- Main stairs and the lift to platforms installed
- New station building completed
Works completed to date
Since the work started, we have:
- Configured and aligned the track between Barking and Dagenham dock
- Created 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
- Installed new rail track and services
- Completed piling and structure installation for overhead line equipment
- Built some piers and viaduct cross beams
- Carried out piling near High Speed 1 tunnels
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.
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.