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

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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.

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