Extension of Barking-Gospel Oak Line

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2013-10-09
Session date: 
October 9, 2013
Reference: 
2013/0039
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

Question

Can you confirm whether you are actively supporting an extension of the Barking-Gospel Oak line to Barking Riverside? And, if so, would you consider options for an intermediate station at Renwick Road? This is, in my view, an excellent proposal, by the way!

Answer

Answer for Extension of Barking-Gospel Oak Line

Answer for Extension of Barking-Gospel Oak Line

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

I am actively pushing for an extension of the Gospel Oak - Barking line to serve Barking Riverside, which I see as fundamental to unlocking the much needed development at this location.  To this end, further work is being undertaken on this scheme and a business case for funding is being produced.

A station at Barking Riverside would be necessary but a station at Renwick Road may be difficult given the topography and in particular the need for the Overground service to fly over, in the vicinity of Renwick Road, the existing line to Tilbury.  However, the costs and implications of delivering such a station are being considered.