Barking Riverside (1)

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your 2050 plan shows a London Overground service across the Thames at Barking Riverside, do you think this is a desirable and inevitable outer London cross-river, orbital transport link, of benefit to Thames Gateway developments, and not offered by any other future service?


Answer for Barking Riverside (1)

Answer for Barking Riverside (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The 2050 Infrastructure Plan sets out the long term infrastructure requirements for London. It is intended to bring fresh thinking into the city's infrastructure needs now, in order to meet them more cost effectively in the long term. I sought Londoner's views on what they think is needed and the Plan was recently out for public consultation. The 2050 Infrastructure Plan is a long term plan and significant further work is needed to develop many of the proposals in more detail.

One of the longer term proposals included in the Plan is expansion of the rail/light rail network to support housing growth. One such option the Plan proposes is an extension of the Overground from Barking Riverside south across the River Thames. This could provide a connection to Crossrail at Abbey Wood and also support major regeneration and housing development potential at Thamesmead. This extension could also contribute to improved orbital connectivity in outer London, although we still need to do further work to understand how it could best connect into the rail network south of the river.