Barking Riverside


TfL announces Barking Riverside extension bidders shortlist

Transport for London have announced the bidders shortlist for the Barking Riverside extension.

Three bidders have been shortlisted to build the extension, they are:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Carillion PLC
  • VolkerFitzpatrick Morgan Sindall joint venture

A Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) for the 4.5km extension was submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport in March 2016 and if approved could mean construction beginning in late 2017 with train services commencing in 2021.


Public inquiry to open into Barking Riverside extension

A public inquiry opens next week into plans to extend the London Overground to Barking Riverside.

The proposals would provide a vital new transport link and support the creation of more than 10,000 new homes – up to 50 per cent of which are likely to be affordable – within the next 15 years.
The 4km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line to Barking Riverside would offer an alternative to car travel and link Barking Riverside to London’s public transport network.
From Barking, customers could connect with the District and Hammersmith & City lines, and c2c services to London Fenchurch Street and Essex.
The new London Overground service would operate along the existing Tilbury rail line then via a new section of railway, built as a raised viaduct, ending in Barking Riverside. A station would be built at the heart of a new district centre that would provide healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities.
Without a rail link, no more than 1,500 homes could be built as part of this new development.
The extension is fully funded. The majority of the cost is being met by the developers, Barking Riverside Limited – a joint venture between the Greater London Authority and London & Quadrant – and the remainder by us.
If the scheme is approved, construction could begin next year, with train services starting as soon as 2021.
Deputy Mayor of Transport, Val Shawcross, said: ‘The extension of the Overground will be key to the success of the exciting new developments at Barking Riverside, with a new station built alongside 10,800 new homes, shops and restaurants, and new school and health services.
‘As we have seen in other parts of London, the extended Overground line will be an integral part of ensuring regeneration benefits everyone in the community, with excellent transport links to the rest of London and the creation of new homes and jobs.’
 


Contractor sought for Barking Riverside link

Transport for London (TfL) has begun the process of appointing a contractor to build the Barking Riverside extension, a vital rail link that will serve east London’s largest housing development site.

The extension will unlock a wide range of benefits for people in the local area and beyond, including 10,800 new homes, many of which are affordable, along with a new school and healthcare services, as well as shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.

The extension will also deliver a sustainable public transport alternative to car travel and link Barking Riverside into London’s public transport network through connections at Barking, with District and Hammersmith & City Tube services and c2c services to London Fenchurch Street and Essex.

TfL has placed a notice with the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) seeking expressions of interest to construct the rail extension. A formal Invitation to Tender is expected to be issued in 2017 following the completion of design work. This follows the submission of the Transport and Works Act Order earlier this year.

Construction of the 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line will deliver London Overground services to a new station at the heart of the Barking Riverside community, with construction beginning in late 2017 and train services commencing in 2021.

The project is part-funded by TfL’s £360m growth fund, which is creating more than 50,000 homes and 30,000 jobs by supporting 14 transport projects across London that are directly unlocking development.


Barking Riverside given Mayoral approval

The extension to Barking Riverside is set to open by 2021 following a request from the mayor of London to Transport for London to begin proceedings to gain a Transport and Works Act Order for the route.

This follows an agreement to accelerate the timetable for construction of homes at the Barking Riverside development.

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The Mayor of London has signalled his support for a vital rail extension to serve east London’s largest housing development site, by asking Transport for London (TfL) to apply for powers to start construction.

Following the Mayor’s instruction, TfL will now apply to Government for a Transport and Works Act Order to start construction of the 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line. This extension would deliver London Overground services to a new station at the heart of the Barking Riverside community, with construction beginning in late 2017 and train services commencing in 2021.

The delivery of the extension will unlock a wide range of benefits for people in the local area and beyond, including almost 11,000 new homes, many of which are affordable, along with a new school and healthcare facilities and the construction of a new district centre with commercial and leisure facilities. The extension will deliver a sustainable public transport alternative to car travel and link Barking Riverside into London’s public transport network through connections at Barking, with District and Hammersmith & City Tube services and c2c services to London Fenchurch Street and Essex.

The extension is fully funded, with the majority of the £263m cost of the scheme being met by the developers, Barking Riverside Limited, a newly reformed joint venture between the GLA and London & Quadrant, who are providing £172m of funding. The remainder is being provided by TfL.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: `The London Overground has been a huge success story, driving forward regeneration in all corners of the capital and proving incredibly popular with passengers. The unequivocal support for this extension shows what an impact the line will make to Barking, and I’m delighted that we’re ready to take it forward and ensure Barking Riverside realises its full potential.’

TfL’s Managing Director of Planning, Richard de Cani, said: `Overwhelming support has been demonstrated throughout the consultation process for this extension of London Overground network to Barking Riverside. We will now be moving this to the next step so that we can get construction underway. This vital new railway will breathe life into this area, enabling up to 11,000 vital new homes, along with healthcare and leisure services, to be delivered.’

The decision to apply for the Transport and Work Act Order follows a public consultation in December 2015. This was the third consultation on the scheme, providing detailed land use, location of site compounds and construction traffic. The report is available at www.tfl.gov.uk/barking-riverside

Previous consultations in autumn 2014 and spring 2015 looked at support for the principle of the scheme and possible route alignments respectively. Responses to both consultations showed overwhelming support