Barking Station to get a new look

Barking Station’s forecourt will receive a facelift this summer to make it more pleasant for pedestrians and public transport passengers.

The work, costing around �1milllion, will nearly double the amount of public space in front of the building in Station Parade and improve bus stops, taxi pick up points and cycle parking. The bus lay-by will be moved further away from the building and the bulk of the taxi waiting area will be relocated to Wakering Road.

The forecourt area will be de-cluttered and a new high-quality granite pavement will be laid along with new street furniture, signs, seating, lighting, bicycle parking.

A second phase, which would see the pavement area opposite the station improved, is dependent on extra funding being secured.

Cllr Mick McCarthy, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “By increasing the paved area and moving the bus stop further away from the building we will be able to reduce congestion and overcrowding – especially during busy periods.”