Barking Riverside (7)

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


Will you safeguard all alignments necessary to build a cross-Thames rail tunnel at Barking Riverside, and include in such plans the continued use of all short-term infrastructure that is constructed?


Answer for Barking Riverside (7)

Answer for Barking Riverside (7)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London 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 extension. The new service would operate from Barking along the existing Essex Thameside Tilbury (C2C) line and then via a new section of railway, to be built as a raised viaduct, heading south after the Renwick Road Bridge. This route has been identified by TfL as the most suitable as it is compatible with the planned housing development and capable of being funded. It also enables an Overground station to be located at the heart of the Barking Riverside development.

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.