Full steam ahead for Beam Park station plans

By Jim Dunton - Fri 21 February 2014, 1:00 pm

Infrastructure operator Network Rail has been commissioned to plan the development of a new railway station at Beam Park in the London Riverside development area.

Havering Council has announced that it has asked Network Rail to “carry out design work and take forward the business case” for a new station between Dagenham Dock and Rainham on the C2C rail line, with instructions to report back in the summer with initial designs.

The 29-hectare Beam Park development site lies north of the A13 and south of the A1306, and straddles the boundary between Havering and the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

According to Havering Council, on whose side of the development site the station would be constructed, Beam Park could provide 4,000 new homes, two new primary schools, and additional employment opportunities.

The wider London Riverside Opportunity Area covers 3,000 hectares and is expected to create 26,500 new homes and 16,000 new jobs, according to London Mayor Boris Johnson’s newly proposed Further Alterations to the London Plan. The development of a new station at Beam Park is also supported by Johnson in the document.

Havering Council deputy leader Michael Armstrong, said that if the station became a reality it would contribute to the preservation and promotion of the area‘s rich heritage and help to guarantee its future.

“Building a new railway station is an important part of this scheme to provide access to London and south Essex, so visitors are attracted into Rainham for the employment opportunities and tourist attractions while residents can travel to the capital and the coast,” he said.

The development work is being funded with £300,000 in planning-gain cash following the approval of a new Tesco distribution centre in Rainham, and £150,000 from Transport for London.

The Beam Park site is currently owned by the Greater London Authority.



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