The UK government has approved the construction of new £263m extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside.
The 4.5km Overground line extension from Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside will reduce the journey time while making to and from easier and faster for the travellers.
The construction contract will be awarded next spring with work commencing in that summer. First trains are expected to run in late 2021.
The extension will support the building of 10,800 new homes, of these 50% could be affordable, a new school and healthcare facilities.
The Overground extension will link Barking Riverside into London's public transport network through connections at Barking, with District and Hammersmith & City services and c2c services to London Fenchurch Street and Essex.
Of the project’s total cost, nearly £172m will be provided by the developers, Barking Riverside Limited, while the remainder will partially come from TfL's Growth Fund.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “This is wonderful news for east London. Barking Riverside has huge potential to deliver thousands of much-needed affordable homes, and the extension of the Overground will ensure residents have the high-quality transport links they need, both to the surrounding area and commuting into central London.
“Barking Riverside will deliver new homes, schools, healthcare facilities and much more, and the Overground extension is a vital part of making these exciting plans a reality.'
TfL director for city planning Alex Williams said: “Being given the green light by Government for this London Overground extension is fantastic news for the Barking Riverside development, helping breathe new life into the area and enabling up to 10,800 vital new homes, along with the creation of new healthcare and leisure services.”