Location of Barking in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Barking and Dagenham|
|Number of platforms||9 (facing 8 tracks)|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|- interchange||0.211 million|
|- interchange||0.380 million|
|Original company||London, Tilbury and Southend Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|1854||Opened by LT&SR|
|1902||District line started|
|1908||District line restarted|
|Listed feature||Booking hall|
|Added to list||24 November 1995|
Barking station is an interchange railway station located on Station Parade in the Barking neighbourhood of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in east London. The station is served by London Underground, National Rail and London Overground services. On the London Underground it is a stop on the District line and the eastern terminus of the Hammersmith & City line; on the National Rail network it is served by c2c services; and on the London Overground it is the eastern terminus of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line. The station was opened in 1854 by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway as one of the first stations on the route. It was rebuilt in 1908 and again in 1959. As of February 2012[update], significant redevelopment of the station is currently proposed by Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council and the Department for Transport.
The station was opened on 13 April 1854 by the London Tilbury and Southend Railway (LTSR) on their new line to Tilbury, which split from the Eastern Counties Railway (ECR) at Forest Gate. A shorter route from London between Little Ilford and Gas Factory Junction in Bow, and avoiding the ECR, opened in April 1858. A "Pitsea direct" branch was completed in June 1888 giving more direct access to Southend-on-Sea via Upminster, and avoiding Tilbury. The station was rebuilt in 1889. In 1894 the Tottenham and Hampstead Junction Railway was extended by means of the Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway to join the 1854 line from Forest Gate to Tilbury. District line services initially operated over the tracks of the LTSR from 1902. In 1905 a pair of tracks was electrified as far as East Ham and the service was cut back there. It was extended back to Barking in 1908 and eastwards to Upminster, over a new set of tracks, from 1932. Hammersmith and City line, then known as the Metropolitan line, service began in 1936.
The station booking hall was completely rebuilt 1959-61 to designs by architect John Ward of British Railways Eastern Region Architect's Department. Pevsner states it was "erected to coincide with electrification of the railway" and that "it is commensurately modern in outlook and unquestionably one of the best English stations of this date". The station was reopened by the Queen in 1961. It is now a Grade II listed building.
The station has four sets of stairs from the platforms to the overbridge and the booking hall. Four ramps connected by a subway give step free access between all the platforms. The stairs/ramps access platforms: 1 & 1a; 2, 3 & 4; 5 & 6; and 7 & 8. There a lift between the booking hall and platforms 1 & 1a . This station has two bay platforms (no 1 and 3) platform one can only be used by overground trains as it is a bay platform and there is no fourth rail or overhead. Platform 3 is used usually by Hammersmith and City line trains but during engineering work it is used by the District line. The Ticket Office is managed by c2c and has seven serving windows. TRIBUTE and FasTIS ticket machines are in use. Tickets are available for National Rail, as well as London Underground. Oyster Cards can also be issued at the Ticket Office. There are four Shere Fastticket and four Scheidt and Bachman FAA-2000/TS ticket machines, which can issue tickets ordered on line (Tickets on Demand or 'TOD'). The S&B machines (but not the Shere) sell Oyster products. 7 ticket barriers and a gate control access to all platforms. There are sidings to the East which are built to accommodate D stock, C stock and S stock.
Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council have developed a Barking Station Masterplan for the redevelopment of the station, including the removal of retail units from the station concourse, expansion of ticket barriers, additional Oyster card machines, and new building work to provide replacement retail and to increase natural light within the station. In 2009 the station was identified as one of the ten worst category B interchange stations for mystery shopper assessment of fabric and environment, and it was planned to receive a share of £50m funding for improvements. As part of the 2011 renewal of the Essex Thameside franchise it was proposed that ownership of the station could transfer to Transport for London. Following the 2010 general election the funding for planned works was withdrawn and the 2011 franchise renewal delayed until 2013. The new franchise invitation to tender proposes the transfer of building maintenance from Network Rail to the new operator, and includes an option to complete the redevelopment works. In 2012 the public space outside the station on Station Parade was re-ordered and repaved, using funding from Transport for London.
Several London Bus routes connect with the site of the station and it is (since 20 February 2010) served by routes EL1 and EL2 (phase one of the East London Transit). Other London Buses that serve the station include 5, 62, 169, 238 (terminates here), 287 (terminates here), 366, 368, 387, night bus route N15 and school bus route 687 (terminates here). There are buses providing connections to Canning town, Stratford, Beckton, Romford, Ilford, Redbridge, Barkingside, Cahdwell Heath, Goodmayes, Rainham and Dagenham.
On the Underground, it is served by the District and Hammersmith & City lines and forms the eastern terminus for the Hammersmith & City whilst District Line services continue eastward to Upminster. On National Rail, the station is served by c2c and London Overground services.
Trains to/from Gospel Oak mostly use platform 1, though some trains run to/from platform 7. This is so that drivers can maintain route knowledge.
Hammersmith and City line services mainly run to/from "the bay road" (platform 3). Some early-morning and late-evening Hammersmith and City line trains run directly to/from the sidings to the east where some trains are stabled overnight, and therefore use the same platforms as the District Line. From 9 December 2012 the S7 stock trains will see regular service to Barking.
As of May 2012[update], the typical off-peak trains per hour (tph) service is:
- 8 tph to London Fenchurch Street (c2c)
- 6 tph to Richmond via Tower Hill (District Line)
- 6 tph to Wimbledon via Tower Hill (District line)
- 6 tph to Ealing Broadway via Tower Hill (District line)
- 4 tph to Gospel Oak (London Overground)
- 12 tph to Upminster (District Line)
- 4 tph to Shoeburyness via Basildon (c2c)
- 2 tph to Grays via Rainham (c2c)
- 2 tph to Southend Central via Ockendon (c2c)
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- "The National Heritage List for England". English Heritage. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- Barking Station Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document
- 'The ancient parish of Barking: Introduction', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 5 (1966), pp. 184-190. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42722 Date accessed: 30 August 2012.
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- "People, Time and Place London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Heritage Strategy". Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
- "£50m revamp for 'worst stations'". BBC News. 17 November 2009. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
- Passenger Focus - Passenger Focus’ response to c2c’s proposed franchise extension
- Barking Station forecourt improvements
- Transport for London - East London Transit route map (PDF)
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|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
|Hammersmith & City line||Terminus|
|Preceding station||London Overground||Following station|
towards Gospel Oak
|Gospel Oak to Barking Line||Terminus|
London, Tilbury & Southend Line
|Stratford (infrequent service)||Dagenham Dock|