Barking Riverside (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4015
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you see scope for freight trains using a Barking Riverside rail tunnel under the Thames, the only one (other than HS1) east of the West London Line?

Answer

Answer for Barking Riverside (4)

Answer for Barking Riverside (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The 2050 Infrastructure Plan identifies a potential extension of the Overground from Barking Riverside across the Thames to Abbey Wood. This would help to unlock growth at Thamesmead and improve cross Thames connectivity helping to reduce the barrier effect of the river Thames. The extension could also contribute to the enhancement of orbital connectivity in outer London.

Whilst the need for a new cross river rail link is primarily linked to passenger growth and development of the surrounding area, consideration will be given to the potential use of a future link for freight movements.