Barking Riverside (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you agree that Platform 1 at Barking station already provides a terminus if the Riverside link is disrupted, and that a bypassed viaduct station really would have no function at all, rather like Island Gardens high-level DLR station?

Answer

Answer for Barking Riverside (3)

Answer for Barking Riverside (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has just completed an initial public consultation on a proposed extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line to a new station at Barking Riverside. There is strong support for the scheme with 90 per cent of responses received in favour of the scheme. In order to serve this rapidly developing area, Overground trains would use existing and new rail infrastructure to travel southeast to a new terminus station at Barking Riverside. If there were disruptions to the extended line to Barking Riverside in the future it is possible trains could terminate at Barking station while any disruptions are rectified. Gospel Oak to Barking Overground services currently terminate at Barking Station and this capability is something TfL would seek to maintain to ensure network resilience when the extension to Barking Riverside is completed.

At present there are no plans to bypass the new station at Barking Riverside. The 2050 Infrastructure Plan identifies a potential extension of the Overground from Barking Riverside across the Thames to Abbey Wood, but this is a longer-term option. This would likely require the construction of a tunnel under the Thames rather than a bridge and the construction of a new underground station at Barking Riverside. 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.