The Barking Riverside extension will add 4.5km to the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking line, and take it from Barking to a new station at Barking Riverside.
Transport for London (TfL) awarded the £196 million contract to a joint venture of VolkerFitzpatrick and Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure (MSVF) to extend the London Overground to Barking Riverside.
The extension - which includes 4.5km of new track - is one of several transport measures designed to serve the emerging development area at Barking Riverside.
Barking Riverside is the largest housing development in east London, with planning permission for up to 10,800 new homes, as well as healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities. Without a new rail link in place, the full potential of the development at Barking Riverside cannot be achieved.
The Barking Riverside extension will be capable of operating four trains per hour from Barking station along the existing Tilbury line used by c2c between Fenchurch Street and Grays. After passing under the Renwick Road bridge the extension would then head south to a new station in the heart of the Barking Riverside development.
Under the contract, MSVF will deliver:
Watch a timelapse video of the construction of the site here.
Andy Byford, London's Transport Commissioner
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