A £263 million extension to London Overground services to the new Barking Riverside development has recently been approved. Linking Barking Riverside to Barking and through Barking to overground services into the city centre and out to Essex; and via the London Underground with the District and Hammersmith & City lines, the extension approval is a huge milestone for the massive development project in East London.
The 4.5 km extension has been fully funded, with £172 million from the developers of Barking Riverside and the rest from Transport for London’s Growth Fund, which supports projects that have direct impact on unlocking housing or employment growth. The contracts to construct the extension are due to be awarded in the Spring of 2018, with work to commence in the Summer of the same year. Train services are due to commence late 2021.
Barking Riverside is one of the largest regeneration projects underway in the United Kingdom. The 443-acre site, formerly home to Barking Power Station, will also benefit from riverboat services, a network of cycle routs and extensive bus routes linking it to the rest of London. There will be 10,800 homes of mixed sizes and styles, from terraced family homes, to townhouses, to waterside apartments, with a commitment that at least 35% will be affordable homes. In addition, 65,000 square metres of space has been designated for commercial use; there will be a new secondary school for 1700 pupils, five new primary schools and a Special Educational Needs school. There will also be leisure, community and healthcare facilities, public squares and other public spaces incorporated into the development. The development is due to progress in four phases over a 15 year period, with work already underway.