Barking Riverside Extension will open to customers on Monday 18 July – months ahead of scheduled autumn openingFirst extension of the London Overground since 2015.The new 4.5km stretch of railway will connect the new development of Barking Riverside to Barking town centre in seven minutes.Network Rail to carry out essential engineering work on Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside route on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July, after which the railway will operate seven days a week.The extension of London Overground to a brand-new station at the heart of Barking Riverside will open to customers in one week (Monday 18 July) providing new quicker, easier and sustainable journey options to this key regeneration area.The new station at Barking Riverside is fully step-free, bringing the total across the London Overground network to more than 60 stations, helping make London a more accessible city for everyone and support people’s independence when travelling in London.The Gospel Oak route, extending out beyond Barking along the new 4.5km of track to Barking Riverside, will help dramatically reduce journey times to Barking to just seven minutes, rather than the current 25-minute bus journey. The route will operate with four trains per hour, providing Barking Riverside with connections to the District and Hammersmith & City lines into central London and C2C trains at Barking. Customers will be able to easily interchange with the recently opened Elizabeth line at Forest Gate, which is a short walk from Wanstead Park London Overground station, as well as River Bus services from Barking Riverside pier. The station enables easy interchange with local bus services and has extensive cycle parking facilities helping to promote greener and more sustainable journeys by making it easier for people to start or end their journeys by cycle.
Seb Dance, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “Hot on the heels of the opening of the Elizabeth Line, this is more excellent news for east London.
“This new station will help to pave the way for up to 10,000 new homes in Barking Riverside, thousands of which will be genuinely affordable and will ensure residents have the high-quality transport links they need. I am particularly pleased that this station is fully step-free and is opening much earlier than planned.
“Despite the lack of long-term funding from Government for TfL, the Mayor is still absolutely focused on building a better London – and this development is a key part of that.”
Stuart Harvey, Chief Capital Officer at Transport for London, said: “The opening of Barking Riverside station, months earlier than anticipated, is another boost for the capital, following the successful reopening of Bank station and launch of the transformational Elizabeth line. This extension will effectively deliver on two key priorities as London recovers from the pandemic of providing accessible, sustainable travel to much needed housing for Londoners. Residents will be able to benefit from a modern and spacious new station, which will be well connected with other local transport links including local buses and River Bus services.”
Matthew Carpen, Managing Director of Barking Riverside Limited, said: “The early launch of this Overground service is due to the brilliant partnership we have had with TfL and the contractor Morgan Sindall Infrastructure VolkerFitzpatrick. We worked through COVID and so the opening is the signal to help reconnect residents and visitors of this area to London. Following the successful launch of the new River Bus service, this vital piece of infrastructure will be a major component in the range of transport options for commuters and leisure visitors alike, making Barking Riverside an exciting destination for Londoners, as well as a well-connected home for our community.”
Vicky Savage, Executive Group Director of Development and Sales at L&Q, said: “Alongside our partner the Mayor of London, we’re proud to be investing to bring vital transport infrastructure, facilities and beautiful homes to Barking Riverside. The new Overground station will support not just residents but the whole Borough and wider east London community – yet more evidence that this is one of London’s most important new developments.”
TfL is committed to ensuring that residents and visitors to Barking Riverside can benefit from the new railway as soon as possible. It has been able to open Barking Riverside station ahead of the previously scheduled autumn completion date as a result of good progress in driver training, support from Network Rail and in applying the finishing touches to the station. Like all railways, the Overground relies on planned closures to carry out crucial maintenance. Network Rail, who is responsible infrastructure maintenance on the Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside route, is carrying out essential engineering work on a section of track that requires the whole line to be closed on Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July.