The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has opened public consultation on plans to extend the Gospel Oak Line on the London Overground from Barking station to Barking Riverside.
Residents and businesses can put forward their views during an initial period of consultation which runs to 19 October. Transport for London will hold drop in sessions at Barking Library, Thames View Library and the Rivergate Centre during the next month.
The council believes that investing in transport infrastructure will enable the delivery of up to 10,800 homes at Barking Riverside, set to become the largest housing development in east London.
A new district centre with commercial and leisure facilities is also being built at the site, which the council said will act as a catalyst to “re-connect residents with over two kilometres of Thames Waterfront”.
If the government approves plans for the extension, the council plans to complement the improved connectivity with wider transport improvements, such as cycling provision and bus services to link Barking Riverside with the surrounding area.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “These are exciting times for Barking and Dagenham. Developments like the extension of the Gospel Oak Line will further enhance the borough’s already excellent connectivity to London and the markets beyond as well as helping Barking Riverside to realise its full potential.
“A link in to the London Overground network and access to central London would without doubt unlock further development in Barking Riverside and help it to realise its full potential.
“I will urge local people to take part in the consultation and have their views taken on board."
Drop in sessions info:
Barking Library 1pm-5pm, Saturday 20September
Thames View Library 2:30pm-7pm Tuesday 23 September
Rivergate Centre, 3pm-8pm, Monday 6 October
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