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Grayling approves Overground extension to Barking Riverside

Words: Laura Edgar
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Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved the extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside after agreeing with an inspector that the scheme would unlock the 'full residential development potential' of the area.

Transport for London’s application sought permission to the extend the London Overground from Barking rail station to a new station at Barking Riverside, four kilometres further east.

According to the inspector, the area is currently “very isolate” in transport terms. Development of the area is therefore dependent on the provision of new public transport infrastructure, specifically new rail infrastructure.

Grayling noted that with the delivery of the scheme the area is capable of accommodating 10,800 homes and providing 4,600 jobs. However, this is restricted under the draft section 106 agreements until the development consent order and planning direction for the extension have been secured.

In granting the order, Grayling expressed satisfaction that there is “substantial public benefit” from providing a sustainable public transport link to the Barking Riverside development. This, he said, "would outweigh the very limited harm to private individuals".

Grayling’s consent letter can be found on the Department for Transport’s website (pdf).

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