Have your say on the proposed London Overground extension to Barking Riverside

Closed 24 Jan 2016

Opened 1 Dec 2015

Results Updated 9 Mar 2016

The consultation generated 245 responses. The majority of respondents either made comments of agreement or made no comment on the extent of land required, indicative compound locations and lorry routes.

The key issues which emerged were:

  • Passive provision should be made for a further extension of the London Overground south of the River Thames
  • An intermediate station near Renwick Road bridge should be delivered with the BRE
  • Concern regarding existing overcrowding on the London Overground, with suggestions that capacity should be increased through additional cars and greater frequency of services
  • The need for traffic management controls during construction of the BRE, including minimising lorry frequency
     

Our full consultation report can be found below.

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Overview

Update - 25 October 2016

Following notification from the Secretary of State for Transport, a public inquiry for the BRE Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application was held before a Planning Inspector between 18 - 21 October 2016. Following the conclusion of the Planning Inquiry, it is anticipated that the TWAO application for the BRE will be determined by the Secretary of State for Transport based on the Inspector’s recommendations in 2017.

The TWAO documents - and details of the TWAO process - are available on the Barking Riverside page in Publications & reports.

For more information see the Barking Riverside extension public inquiry page on the Persona Associates website or email [email protected].

Update - 4 April 2016

On 31 March 2016 we submitted our application for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO). A TWAO would authorise the construction works and provide compulsory purchase powers for acquiring land and property interests, rights to use land on a permanent or temporary basis, and powers to complete street works and regulate traffic. More information is available here, together with copies of the application documents.

Update - 4 March 2016

The consultation generated 245 responses. The majority of respondents either made comments of agreement or made no comment on the extent of land required, indicative compound locations and lorry routes.

The key issues which emerged were:

  • Passive provision should be made for a further extension of the London Overground south of the River Thames
  • An intermediate station near Renwick Road bridge should be delivered with the BRE
  • Concern regarding existing overcrowding on the London Overground, with suggestions that capacity should be increased through additional cars and greater frequency of services
  • The need for traffic management controls during construction of the BRE, including minimising lorry frequency
     

Please click here for our full consultation report (PDF)

The details of the consultation can be found below.

Update ends

We are proposing an extension of the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking line to Barking Riverside. This was the third public consultation following previous consultations in autumn 2014 and spring 2015. Below we explain the background to the scheme and why it is proposed, talk through the previous consultations and provide new information, together with details on how to respond.

We will use the comments you provide to help complete our application for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO), for powers to build and operate the proposed extension. We intend making the application in early 2016.

The proposed Barking Riverside extension

We are proposing a 4km extension (1.5km of new track) of the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking line to serve Barking Riverside. The service would be designed to serve new and existing residents and would operate from Barking Station along the existing Tilbury line, which is used by c2c services that operate between Fenchurch Street and Grays. After passing underneath the Renwick Road bridge, the route would head south on a raised viaduct.  The line would terminate at a new station in the heart of the Barking Riverside development.

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Contents

Why are we proposing this?

How can I find out more?

What happens next?

Factsheets

Why are we proposing this?

Barking Riverside is the largest brownfield site housing development in east London, with planning permission for 10,800 new homes, a range of healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities. Significant investment in transport infrastructure is required to unlock the full development potential of the site. A new rail line is specifically required to serve the development’s residents and workers.

Barking Riverside is situated within the London Riverside Opportunity Area. In September 2015 the Greater London Authority (GLA) adopted an Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) for the London Riverside area. The OAPF sets out how the Mayor of London wishes to see the London Riverside Opportunity Area evolve. More information can be found here.

We examined a number of rail options to serve Barking Riverside. This work concluded that an extension of the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking service, from its current terminus at Barking to a new station in Barking Riverside, was the optimal scheme to enable the development of the area. More information on how we reached this decision is available here.

Benefits of a London Overground extension

An extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside would:

  • Support economic development and population growth by unlocking the development of Barking Riverside, including 10,800 homes, a new school, healthcare facilities and a new district centre with commercial and leisure facilities
  • Improve the transport connectivity of Barking Riverside by providing a link to Barking and with the major employment centres of central London, Isle of Dogs and Stratford
  • Enhance quality of life by enabling construction of a new district centre, with high quality public realm and connections to walking and cycling routes
  • Provide a reliable, safe and secure public transport service to users within Barking Riverside
  • Improve transport opportunities for all by providing step free access at the Barking Riverside station and improving access to London Overground services
  • Provide a sustainable public transport alternative to car travel
  • Encourage walking cycling and public transport use
     

Support for a London Overground extension

In autumn of 2014 we consulted on the principle of extending the London Overground line to Barking Riverside. The consultation received 715 responses, with 90 per cent replying that they supported the scheme in principle. A copy of the 2014 consultation report is available here.

A second public consultation was undertaken in spring 2015, to ask for views on two potential route options. A report summarising the distinctions between the route options is available here

The consultation received 600 responses, with 90 per cent again supporting an extension in principle. Of the respondents who expressed a route preference, 9 per cent of respondents who expressed a route preference said they preferred option A, 55 per cent said they preferred option B, 28 per cent had no preference and 8 per cent did not support either option. A copy of the spring 2015 consultation report is available here.

The chosen option

The feedback we received during the consultation was considered alongside an assessment of the impacts associated with the two alignment options. The assessment reviewed both routes against:

  • The results of the Spring 2015 consultation
  • an operational feasibility assessment that considered the impact of the alignments on the existing rail infrastructure and operations;
  • the construction methodology; 
  • the future maintenance requirements; 
  • an environmental appraisal that considered the impact of the alignment both during construction and in the final operational state, on local residents as well as the local environment; and, 
  • a review against policy objectives. 
     

This assessment concluded that Alignment B was the preferred route due to this alignment being further away from residential properties, having fewer impacts on existing residents, a reduced impact upon other rail services once operational and an ability to make passive provision for an intermediate station.

We now invite further comments on the scheme before completing our TWAO application. The alignment is shown below, together with the extent of the land required for construction of the railway and its operation. The likely locations of the construction compounds are also provided.

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Scheme details

The London Overground service would operate from Gospel Oak along the existing route to Barking before crossing the London Underground and National Rail lines west of Barking Station. It would use the existing grade separated flyover, (currently used by freight services to access the Tilbury line from the Gospel Oak to Barking line), to serve platforms 7 and 8 at Barking Station. 

Eastbound services from Barking would continue for just over 2km along the Tilbury line, used by freight and by c2c services operating between Fenchurch Street and Grays. Services would then spur to a new section of railway approximately 180m to the west of Renwick Road, before continuing east under Renwick Road Bridge and along a raised viaduct, crossing the Tilbury lines, freight terminal and Choats Road. Services would continue south, terminating at a new station at Barking Riverside.

The westbound line from Barking Riverside would run in parallel along the viaduct as far as Renwick Road. It would then continue along the track alignment of the former westbound Tilbury freight line, merging with the westbound Tilbury passenger line, approximately 500m east of Barking Station.

A summary of the scheme, including impacts during both the construction and operational phases is provided below. Further information about the scheme is provided in a series of factsheets located at the bottom of the page.

Please click here to see the factsheets.

Construction phase

Subject to powers being granted, construction is expected to begin in late 2017 and would take around three years to complete.

Included in the consultation drawing are indicative construction compound locations and site entrances. The compounds would be used to store equipment, materials and house welfare facilities. Your views will help inform the decision on the extent of the land required, prior to the completion of the application documentation.

Possible access routes to each of the indicative construction compounds are shown here. We expect construction routes to include Renwick Road, River Road and Choats Road to the east of the existing residential properties only. No lorries would use Bastable Avenue, Thames Road or Choats Road west of Keel Close / Sovereign Way.  We are also investigating whether we can use the rail network and the River Thames to transport construction materials and reduce the number of lorry trips. We anticipate a maximum of ten lorries per hour on each route during the peak construction phase.

All lorry routes and arrangements will be considered as part of the TWAO application. The arrangements will need to take on board other lorry traffic in the area.

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Engineering possessions

The newly built railway would need to be connected to the Tilbury line during a series of weekend closures. These closures would also allow for the testing and commissioning of the new junction, infrastructure and signalling equipment necessary to allow the line to be brought into service. As far as reasonably possible construction activities will be undertaken at a time when the railway is not operational, which would minimise the disruptive impact of the construction period.

Operational Phase

Once operational, London Overground trains from Gospel Oak, which currently terminate at Barking would be extended through to Barking Riverside. We have looked closely at the capacity of the Tilbury line and are satisfied that it could accommodate all existing rail and freight services, in addition to a new 4 train per hour service. The timetable would need to be changed to accommodate all parties and we continue to work with Network Rail, c2c and the freight operators to explore timetable options..

London Overground trains on the current Gospel Oak to Barking route would switch from platform 1 at Barking Station to use platforms 7 & 8. Platform 1 would remain available to Overground trains at Barking Station to aid service recovery during periods of disruption. An analysis of the effects that an increase in passenger numbers would have on Barking station is currently being completed. Any necessary mitigation to ensure Barking station would continue to operate satisfactorily will be set out in our TWAO application. Any such mitigation would align with c2c’s franchise commitment to improve accessibility at Barking Station.

The viaduct

After passing under Renwick Road, the alignment would climb on a viaduct curving south towards Barking Riverside, crossing the Freight Terminal, westbound Tilbury lines and Choats Road.  The viaduct would then descend to pass under the existing high voltage power line south of Choats Road, before again rising and continuing  towards a station at Barking Riverside.

A view of the proposed viaduct structure taken from the junction of Keel Close and Choats Road is shown below.

New station at Barking Riverside

The station would be designed to fit the look and feel expected of stations on the London Overground network, and would include the provision of step free access from street to platform and platform to train. Other features of the station would include:  a ground floor ticket hall, CCTV, help points, customer information systems and secure cycle parking.

The platform level would be on the upper floor as an extension of the viaduct structure. The station ticket hall would provide direct access to Renwick Road and the separation between the railway infrastructure and ground floor ticket hall would allow additional uses to be made of the space, such as: cash machines, cafe and retail opportunities. The station design would include cladding for weather protection, including a canopy to part of the platform to allow sheltered access to trains.

The station would be an integral part of the Barking Riverside development and would create a convenient interchange with local bus services and maximise connectivity with local cycle and pedestrian routes. A map showing the extension within the indicative Barking Riverside masterplan is shown below.

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Intermediate station at Renwick Road

We propose that the design of the railway extension includes passive provision for a future station at Renwick Road. This would comprise a track layout that enables the future construction of an island platform. The signalling along the route would be designed to accommodate a station at Renwick Road at a time when passenger demand and funding are available to enable its construction. 

However, we are not proposing to build this station as part of the project, as an intermediate station is not required to enable the full development of the Barking Riverside site.

Environmental Impact Assessment

The project is subject to a full Environmental Impact Assessment which will examine the proposals and describe the likely significant environmental effects, as well as potential mitigation measures. These will be reported in the Environmental Statement which will be submitted as part of the TWAO application.

How can I find out more?

In addition to the factsheets at the bottom of the page, you may also wish to read the Response to Questions paper, informed by the previous consultations.

What happens next?

We will continue to engage with local residents, businesses and affected parties and involve them in the progress of the proposals, seeking ways to address any areas of concern.

Subject to the outcome of the public consultation and the scheme being endorsed by the Mayor, we intend to apply in early 2016 for powers to build, operate and maintain a railway extension through a TWAO. If approved by the Secretary of State for Transport, construction would begin in late 2017 with trains services commencing during 2021.

Factsheets

A. Station and Development at Barking Riverside

B. Impact on rail services

C. Viaduct design

D. BRE Intermediate station

E. Construction

F. Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) process

G. Environmental Impact Assessment

H. Public Consultation and Engagement

 

Areas

  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Camden
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Newham
  • Waltham Forest

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • London Overground