Barking Riverside construction contract awarded

The contract to deliver the extension of the national rail network to Barking Riverside has been awarded to Morgan Sindall and VolkerFitzpatrick. Construction is expected to start in May with completion expected in 2021.

The 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line, one of the major projects in TfL’s Business Plan, is an intrinsic part of the Barking Riverside development, a 180-hectare site on the northern bank of the River Thames that will become home to one of London’s most significant housing developments.

The delivery of the extension will support up to 10,800 new homes and will unlock a wide range of benefits in the local area, including a new school and healthcare facilities and the construction of a new district centre with commercial and leisure facilities. As many as 50 per cent of the new homes could be affordable, helping to tackle London’s housing shortage crisis.

Preparation work for the extension will commence immediately, with main construction due to start in early 2019 and train services commencing from late 2021. Under the contract, MSVF will deliver:

  • 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 to allow the extension to connect to the Tilbury Loop
  • Construction of a viaduct over the Ripple Lane yard.  This will require the viaduct to be built over the Tilbury Loop and foundations constructed between the HS1 tunnels
  • Continuation of the viaduct for a further 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.

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