Barking Riverside railway station

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Barking Riverside London Overground
Barking Riverside stn building construction December 2019.jpg
The station under construction in December 2019
Barking Riverside is located in Greater London
Barking Riverside
Barking Riverside
Location of Barking Riverside in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Managed byLondon Overground
Number of platforms2
Key dates
2021Planned Opening
Other information
WGS8451°31′09″N 0°06′53″E / 51.519108°N 0.114764°E / 51.519108; 0.114764Coordinates: 51°31′09″N 0°06′53″E / 51.519108°N 0.114764°E / 51.519108; 0.114764
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Barking Riverside is a railway station under construction in Barking in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, east London, that will serve the Barking Riverside regeneration area including housing, leisure and shopping facilities. It is planned as part of an £260m[1] extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line on the London Overground network.[2]

The extension will run partly over the existing London, Tilbury and Southend Railway line from Barking, operated by c2c, and over 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) of new track to be laid to the new station. It is expected that Barking Riverside station will open in December 2021.[3][2][4]

Thamesmead TfL Proposals
Docklands Light Railway
Gospel Oak to Barking line
Gallions Reach
Barking National Rail District Line Hammersmith & City Line
Armada Riverside[5]
Barking Riverside
River Thames
Thamesmead West[6]
Thamesmead Central[7]
Thamesmead Moorings[8]
Yarnton Way[9]
using Ridgeway
National Rail Plumstead and
or Belvedere National Rail
National Rail Docklands Light Railway Woolwich Arsenal
or Abbey Wood National Rail Elizabeth Line

There have also been calls to extend the line further south across the river to Thamesmead and Abbey Wood (see diagram).[11][12] In August 2017, the Government granted permission for the extension and a future provision for a stop at Renwick Road and states that a further extension across the Thames should be provisioned.[13][14]


The Barking Riverside development is a brownfield site of some 440 acres, on the site of the former Barking Power Station. The site has planning permission for around 10,800 homes, however planning restrictions prevent more than 1,200 homes without adequate transport links.[15]

An extension of the Docklands Light Railway to Dagenham Dock was proposed in the mid 2000s at a cost of around £750m,[1] however this extension was cancelled in 2008 by then Mayor of London Boris Johnson.[16] Following this, Transport for London assessed various options to bring transport links to Barking Riverside, including the previously proposed DLR extension, extension of the Hammersmith & City line to Grays, new segregated, high frequency bus services and a new station at Renwick Road.[17]

Following a decision to extend the Gospel Oak to Barking line to the area in 2014,[18] the proposed route were consulted on in 2014, 2015 and 2016.[19] Following this, a Transport and Works Act Order for the extension and new station was submitted in March 2016.[20] As part of this process, a public inquiry was held in October 2016. The Transport and Works Order was approved in August 2017.[13][14]


Leaving Barking station towards the south east, the extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line will follow the London, Tilbury and Southend line for around 2.4km. Passing underneath Renwick Road, a future station at Renwick Road has been passively safeguarded.[21] The extension then turns south, crossing the main line and the Ripple Lane freight yard on a viaduct, as well as crossing over the High Speed 1 tunnels. The viaduct then continues south for 1.5km to the elevated station at Barking Riverside.[2]

While the station will be owned by Transport for London, the railway infrastructure will be handed over to Network Rail when completed.[1]


Following approval of the Transport and Works Order in August 2017,[13] construction on the extension by a joint venture of Morgan Sindall and VolkerFitzpatrick[22] began in late 2018.[23] Construction is expected to take 3 years at a cost of £260m,[1] with the new station opening in December 2021.[2] The station building will be designed by architects Weston Williamson.[24]


  1. ^ a b c d Johnson, Marc (12 September 2017). "In focus: London Overground's Barking Riverside Extension". RailStaff. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Improvements and Projects - Barking Riverside extension". Transport for London. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Anglia Route Study" (PDF). March 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Standard Life Investments - Montagu Evans 283168" (PDF). Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  6. ^ "A game changer for south-east London: new £1 billion town centre at Thamesmead to bring 20,000 riverside homes with Crossrail connections, Homes and Property". Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Thamesmead Hidden London". Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  8. ^ "The Moorings : Thamesmead". Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  9. ^ "New look for Yarnton Way : Thamesmead". Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  10. ^ "TfL mulls DLR and Overground extensions to Thamesmead".
  11. ^ "Thamesmead & Abbey Wood Extension". Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  12. ^ Murphy-Bates, Sebastian. "Sadiq Khan gives go-ahead to Barking Overground extension". Barking and Dagenham Post. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  13. ^ a b c "Barking riverside extension: Transport and Works Act order". GOV.UK. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  14. ^ a b Morton, Sophie. "Transport secretary approves Barking Riverside Overground extension". Barking and Dagenham Post. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Boris Johnson calls for creation of new 'garden suburb' in Barking and Dagenham". Evening Standard. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  16. ^ "TfL scraps projects and cuts jobs". BBC News. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  17. ^ "London Overground Barking Riverside Extension Transport Options Backcheck Report" (PDF). Transport for London. July 2016.
  18. ^ "Barking Riverside London Overground extension plans". Transport for London. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  19. ^ "Have your say on the proposed London Overground extension to Barking Riverside - Transport for London - Citizen Space". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  20. ^ "Barking Riverside extension - Transport for London". 31 March 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  21. ^ "Barking Riverside Extension Intermediate Station Feasibility Report" (PDF). Transport for London. December 2015.
  22. ^ "Contractor for Overground Barking Riverside extension". Transport for London. 21 December 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  23. ^ "JV picks up £196m Barking Riverside contract delayed by Carillion collapse". Construction News. 24 December 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  24. ^ Partners, Weston Williamson + (20 April 2020). "Barking Riverside". WestonWilliamson+Partners. Retrieved 20 April 2020.

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