Have your say on route options for the proposed Barking Riverside Extension to the London Overground

Closed 28 Jun 2015

Opened 11 May 2015


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 bre@tfl.gov.uk.

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 September 2015

The consultation ran from 11 May to 28 June 2015 and generated 600 responses. Thank you to all those who provided comments.

Click here for a copy of our Consultation Report (PDF)

The proposals received overwhelming support, with 90% of respondents in favour of the extension in principle. Of those who expressed a preference on the two route options, 9% said they supported option A, 55% said they preferred option B, 28% had no preference and 8% did not support either option.

If you would like to know more, or would like paper copies of the report, you can email the project team at bre@tfl.gov.uk or call 0343 222 1234. (Service and network charges may apply).

What happens next

TfL will develop route option B in readiness for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application for powers to construct and operate a railway extension.

A third round of public consultation is anticipated later in 2015, when further views will be sought on the preferred route option. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, TfL intends to apply for a TWAO in spring 2016. If approved by the Secretary of State for Transport, construction would begin in 2017 with trains running by the end of 2020.

The original consultation details can be found below.

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TfL is proposing a 4km extension (1.5km of new track) of the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking line into the Barking Riverside development in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The service would operate four trains per hour (tph) from Barking station along the existing Tilbury line and then via a new section of railway, heading south after the railway passes underneath Renwick Road Bridge. The extension would terminate at a new station in the heart of the Barking Riverside development.

Why are we proposing this?

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. The Greater London Authority recently ran a public consultation on an Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF), which included proposals for Barking Riverside. More information can be found on the Greater London Authority's website. This includes the draft Masterplan for the development site.

Under the planning permission for Barking Riverside, significant transport infrastructure must be built to support the development. No more than 1,500 homes can be built without a new rail link being progressed.

Transport for London (TfL) examined a number of transport options to serve Barking Riverside. This work concluded that an extension of the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking service was the optimal scheme to enable the development of the area.

Further information about the various transport options that were considered by TfL to serve the Barking Riverside site is included in the following Transport Options Summary.



Benefits of a London Overground Extension

  • Provides an essential rail link to support the development of Barking
  • Riverside serving both new and existing residential areas
  • Enables the delivery of up to 10,800 new homes, many of which will be affordable, as well as a new school and healthcare facilities
  • Enables construction of a new district centre with commercial and leisure facilities, providing opportunities for employment and training during construction and in the final development
  • Provides an interchange at Barking with the existing c2c Fenchurch Street line, the District and Hammersmith & City London Underground lines


Support for a London Overground Extension

In the autumn of 2014 TfL undertook a public consultation on the principle of an Overground extension. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with 90% of respondents replying that they supported an extension. A report on the results of the 2014 consultation and our response to issues raised are available here:

2014_Consultation Report

2014 Consultation Response to Issues Raised

Funding for an extension has been agreed in principle, and we now return to seek your views on different route options. We also want to discuss further some of the issues which were raised last autumn.

Route alignment options

We have identified two alignment options for how an extension would continue from the Tilbury line into the development. Your views are sought on these options. 

Alignment option A

Alignment A consists of two separate viaducts. The eastbound line towards Barking Riverside would leave the Tilbury line after passing under Renwick Road Bridge. It would then turn right and pass over the freight yard and Choats Road, before dropping under the power lines and continuing into Barking Riverside. The westbound line back to Barking station would cross Choats Road on another viaduct and curve left near the existing houses, joining the Tilbury line west of Renwick Road Bridge. This alignment requires fewer changes to the freight yard railway infrastructure and could result in cost savings.

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Alignment option B

Alignment B would run both lines in parallel along a single viaduct. The viaduct would pass over the freight terminal and Choats Road before dropping under the power lines and continuing into Barking Riverside. This alignment would tie-in to the Tilbury line slightly further west and would require more changes to the freight yard. However, by crossing the Choats Road to the east on a single viaduct, it is possible to increase the distance between the existing residential areas and the operational railway.

A number of respondents to the 2014 public consultation asked whether a second station could be provided between Barking and the Barking Riverside development. A second station is not within the scope of the project, as it is not required to enable the development of Barking Riverside. However, we have investigated whether provision could be made for a station in the future, subject to future passenger demand and funding.

On the option B alignment, we have identified a potential location west of Renwick Road Bridge. A station in the same area cannot be provided with alignment A because there would not be enough space for a platform on the tracks. Locating an Overground platform on the Tilbury line instead would have a negative effect on c2c and freight trains. Alfred’s Way was also considered as a potential alternative location for a second station. This option was ruled out because of the impact it would have on c2c and freight services.

Both alignments would see the Overground switching from platform 1 to use platforms 7 & 8 at Barking Station. Platform 1 would remain available to Overground trains to aid service recovery during periods of disruption. 

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Further information about all the potential alignments between Barking and Barking Riverside considered by TfL, the assessment methodology adopted in selecting a shortlist of Overground extension alignments, and an overview of the anticipated impacts associated with each shortlisted alignment is available in the following Route Option Assessment


Would there be any adverse impact to existing services?

A number of respondents to the 2014 consultation wanted to know whether an Overground extension would impact negatively on c2c services, through timetable constraints on the Tilbury line or by increased demand for the service from new customers. We have looked closely at the capacity of the Tilbury line and we are satisfied that it could accommodate existing rail and freight services, in addition to a 4tph service to Barking Riverside. The timetable would need to be recast to accommodate all parties and we are working with Network Rail, c2c and the freight operators to explore timetable options which would allow all services to use the line.

Barking station

People also asked us how Barking station would cope with additional customers from the branch line services. The extension of London Overground services into Barking Riverside and the new housing development has been modelled and we have also analysed the predicted change in interchange patterns at Barking stations.

With the introduction of the Barking Riverside extension and the additional housing development, we predict an increase of around 16% in the morning peak period through Barking station as a whole. Of those arriving at the station on services from Barking Riverside, the vast majority are predicted to continue their journey toward London via London Underground or c2c. While these services are forecast to be busy in the morning peak, the increased crowding as a result of the extension is currently predicted to be relatively small.

TfL is assessing the impact of these increased passengers on train and station capacity. The operator, c2c, is already planning to enhance capacity at the station and TfL is working closely with them and Network Rail to ensure that any new designs consider the impact of the increased passengers numbers associated with the new extension.

Electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line

The electrification programme is scheduled to be complete by the time any extension becomes operational. This would mean that the two carriage diesel trains would be replaced by four carriage electric trains, greatly improving capacity and making journeys less congested and more reliable.


Factsheet 1 - Project Overview

Factsheet 2 - Impact on Rail Services

Factsheet 3 - Development at Barking Riverside and the barking Riverside Extension

Factsheet 4 - Environmental Impact Assessment

Factsheet 5 - TWAO Process


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