Overground plans for Barking Riverside goes to public consultation

Transport for London is has launched the first of two public consultations for the proposed London Overground Barkingside extension. TfL wants to extend the Gospel Oak to Barking (GOBLIN) line 2.5 miles to serve the Barking Riverside housing development, which has planning permission to build 10,800 new homes (and described as being the largest in east London). Without a rail link, only 1,500 homes could be built it says.

The consultation closes on 19 October, and responses will be made public later in the year.

The scheme requires funding and the approval from the Mayor of London. The line would use the existing c2c Tilbury line for most of the way, but about one mile of new construction will be needed at the eastern end to reach Riverside.

The plan replaces a previous Docklands Light Railway scheme for extending that line from Gallions Reach to Dagenham Dock via Barking Riverside.

If a Transport & Works Act Order (TWAO) is approved by late 2015, construction could start in early 2017, with services commencing by the end of 2019.

656/Sep 14

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