Transport secretary approves Barking Riverside Overground extension

PUBLISHED: 12:36 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:27 04 August 2017

The Overground extension to Barking Riverside has been approved Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Images

The Overground extension to Barking Riverside has been approved Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Images

PA Archive/PA Images

The Overground extension to Barking Riverside has been given the go-ahead by the secretary of state for transport.

Following a public inquiry into expanding the Barking to Gospel Oak line, Chris Grayling has approved a transport and works act order – which legally authorises a new railway scheme.

The order is the latest step in the construction of the 4km extension, which will see four trains run on it every hour.

Work on the new Barking Riverside station - which will connect people living in the development’s expected 10,800 new homes to the town centre and London – will not be able to begin until “details of the siting, layout, scale and external appearance of the station” have been approved by Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee.

Trains would initially run along the existing c2c line from Barking before new track is built just to the east of the junction on the station’s Essex side, where those on the Tilbury loop split from those heading towards Upminster.

They would use platform 7 and 8 at Barking station, rather than the existing terminus bay at platform 1, meaning no work would be required there.

According to the inspection report, the existing freight sidings near Ripple Lane would be remodelled to allow twin tracks to run Overground services in each direction.

The trains would then run along a viaduct over Choats Road and along to a new elevated station near the waterfront.

The track and signalling layout would allow for a second station to be built near Renwick Road in the future, should it be necessary.

Approval for the Overground extension comes nine years after then-mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced that a proposed extension of the Docklands Light Railway from Gallions Reach to Dagenham Dock, calling at four new stations including Barking Riverside, was to be scrapped.

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories


With a month to go until the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup returns to the Lee Valley Velopark in Stratford, the Great Britain squad for the next round in Berlin has been announced.


Lakeside Hammers will not be running in the 2019 speedway season after the BSPA revealed plans for next season after hosting their annual AGM.


South East Cup: Barking & Dagenham 0 Croydon 2

Think Tank Chatham House recruited pupils from Dagenham for a debate on the #MeToo movement.


Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to “toxic fumes” billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.


Coasters lost 2-0 at Victoria Road in March

Residents face a council tax increase of almost three per cent in the town hall’s freshly drawn up budget proposals.


Are you aged over 25 and an unpaid carer? If you want to return to employment but need practical help and support to get there, Working for Carers can help.

Everest Estates stress-free service guarantees a fixed income for your East London or Essex property every month, even if no one is currently living there. Here they talk about the scheme and explain how it can help you dodge common letting headaches.

Barking and Dagenham is home to Better Extreme, London’s largest indoor skatepark. Whatever your discipline, be it skateboarding, inline, BMX or scootering, there’s a challenge waiting for you.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now