London mayor approves £263m London Overground extension project

WCN Editorial Team 21 Mar 2016 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The mayor of London has given the green light to the London Overground extension to the Barking Riverside project.

Following the approval, Transport for London (TfL) will now apply to the government for a Transport and Works Act Order to start construction on the £263m project.

Work will involve a 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line, delivering London Overground services to a new station at the Barking Riverside community.

The project will be developed by Barking Riverside, which is a newly reformed joint venture between the GLA and London & Quadrant.

The developers will provide £172m of the project costs, while the rest will be provided by TfL. Construction work is expected to start in late 2017, with train services starting in 2021.

TfL managing director of planning Richard de Cani said: “Overwhelming support has been demonstrated throughout the consultation process for this extension of London Overground network to Barking Riverside.

“We will now be moving this to the next step so that we can get construction underway. This vital new railway will breathe life into this area, enabling up to 11,000 vital new homes, along with healthcare and leisure services, to be delivered.”

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