Transport consultation launched

By Natalie Vincent - Tue 6 November 2018, 5:07 pm

Barking and Dagenham residents have until 7 December to voice views on plans to improve the borough's transport network.

The draft Local Implementation Plan (LIP), which was drawn up by the council’s wholly owned regeneration company, Be First, sets out short and long-term investment bids to be considered by the mayor of London in 2019.

The LIP calls for investment of £4.5 million over the next three years from Transport for London (TfL) for a number of schemes, including improvements to Barking Station, road safety, pedestrian and cycle improvements on the Heathway and Valance Avenue, and further work with the borough’s schools to promote healthy, sustainable travel.

Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: "If the borough is to grow in a way that makes sure no one is left behind, we need the mayor to be bold and support our investment in transport infrastructure.

"It's vital for residents to give us their views so we know we’re making the right priorities and so we can demonstrate to government and the mayor that we need the funds to keep London’s growth borough booming.”

The plan for the longer-term asks for TfL's to support two new bridges across the River Roding, a new Overground station at Castle Green, a tunnel along the A13, river passenger services to and from Barking Riverside, and an HS1 interchange either at Dagenham Dock or Barking.

Pat Hayes, Be First's managing director, added: "Regenerating Barking and Dagenham is just as vital for London’s future growth, as it is for residents.

"But to maximise the benefits, we need investment in our infrastructure. If we keep Barking and Dagenham moving and better connected, Londoners reap the rewards."

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