Work is due to begin on a £263 million London Overground extension to Barking Riverside next summer after plans were given the green light by transport secretary Chris Grayling.
The 4.5km extension will see a new station built at Barking Riverside on the Gospel Oak to Barking London Overground network.
The new line is set to be up and running by 2021 to serve the 10,800 homes being built in the area.
The lion’s share of the funds will be met by developers Barking Riverside Ltd, with Transport for London (TfL) picking up the rest of the tab.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave his consent to the masterplan for Barking Riverside, a 180-hectare brownfield site on the northern banks of the River Thames, last September. As many as 50% of these homes could be affordable.
The Overground extension will deliver a sustainable public transport alternative to car travel and link Barking Riverside into London's public transport network through connections at Barking, with District and Hammersmith & City services and c2c services to London Fenchurch Street and Essex.
The plans will mean around four trains and hour ferrying passengers into central London.
Khan said: “This is wonderful news for east London. Barking Riverside has huge potential to deliver thousands of much-needed affordable homes, and the extension of the Overground will ensure residents have the high-quality transport links they need, both to the surrounding area and commuting into central London. Barking Riverside will deliver new homes, schools, healthcare facilities and much more, and the Overground extension is a vital part of making these exciting plans a reality.”
Alex Williams, TfL director for city planning, said: “Being given the green light by government for this London Overground extension is fantastic news for the Barking Riverside development, helping breathe new life into the area and enabling up to 10,800 vital new homes, along with the creation of new healthcare and leisure services.”
Matthew Carpen, project director of Barking Riverside London, said: "This is a momentous moment for the project. Gaining formal consent from the government for the Overground Extension to Barking Riverside is not only a huge milestone for the development but also crucial in connecting this new neighbourhood to the City, which will support the delivery of 600 homes a year. It is a result of true partnership working between Transport for London, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Barking Riverside London's shareholders L&Q and the GLA."
Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This is fantastic news and shows Barking Riverside is on track to become Barcelona on Thames. It's also yet another sign that Barking and Dagenham is at the epicentre of London's eastward shift."
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