Barking Riverside (2)

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


Do you agree that a Barking Riverside link would be abortive public capital expenditure, if it were likely to be bypassed later?


Answer for Barking Riverside (2)

Answer for Barking Riverside (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The 2050 Infrastructure Plan identifies a potential extension of the Overground from Barking Riverside across the Thames to Abbey Wood, which would help to unlock growth at Thamesmead and improve cross Thames connectivity. The extension could also contribute to improved orbital connectivity in outer London.

A clear funding case for the extension to Barking Riverside has emerged that would allow the extension to be delivered by 2019, thus enabling construction of the much needed homes at Barking Riverside to continue. Whilst a second phase under the river to Thamesmead is supported in the 2050 Infrastructure Plan, it remains unfunded and further work is necessary to progress the case. 

So it is important that, while there is this potential for a further extension in the future that we will make passive provision for, we need to progress the current proposals now to ensure the opportunity for new homes, jobs and much needed regeneration is realised.