The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced he is considering the case for an extension of the Overground from Barking Riverside across the Thames towards south-east London.
Setting out a package of new river crossings to be built in the next five to 10 years in east London, Khan said he would carry out assessment work for connecting the future station in Barking with Abbey Wood.
The proposed Barking Riverside station will be subject to a public inquiry starting on 18 October 2016. If the scheme is approved, construction should begin in 2017, with train services starting during 2021.
It is part of London’s single largest regeneration site, which will deliver 10,000 new homes, according to a new masterplan recently approved by the mayor.
Khan said of the proposed new crossings on the Thames: "As we continue to unlock the massive economic potential of east London, we must secure the very best transport infrastructure that improves the quality of life for everyone living and working in the area.
“It’s no secret that London has long needed more river crossings in the east. With new homes and economic growth across the east, it becomes even more important that we deliver new greener transport links that allow Londoners to cross the river quickly and more easily.”
Plans mentioned by Khan also include a new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, the Silvertown tunnel, a DLR crossing at Gallions Reach and a ferry between North Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs.
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