Sadiq Khan gives go-ahead to Barking Overground extension

PUBLISHED: 12:06 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:06 04 October 2016

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced an extension from the future Barking Riverside Overground station Picture: PA Images/ Lauren Hurley

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced an extension from the future Barking Riverside Overground station Picture: PA Images/ Lauren Hurley

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Sadiq Khan announced a further extension of the Overground line today.

The London mayor said he will extend the line between Abbey Wood and the future Barking Riverside station.

The riverside station is set to be complete by 2021, with work beginning next year, and is part of a regeneration that will result in 10,800 homes being created in the area alongside about 65,000 sq m of commercial, retail and community facilities.

Work electrifying the line between Barking and Gospel Oak is due for 2017 completion, with the line remaining closed until February next year.

The mayor also gave the green light for three river crossings in East London, including the controversial Silvertown tunnel.

He announced plans for a pedestrian bridge linking Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf and a Docklands Light Railway line from Gallions Reach to Thamesmead.

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