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London Overground’s Barking Riverside extension approved, United Kingdom [free access]

August 4, 2017

The United Kingdom’s Department for Transport has sanctioned a Transport and Works Act Order to construct a 4.5-km extension of the London Overground Line, Gospel Oak-Barking, to the Barking Riverside development area. The line will be extended along the route of the existing London Fenchurch Street-Tilbury Line.


In December 2016, Transport for London (TfL) shortlisted Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Volker Fitzpatrick to construct the extension. Construction is expected to begin in end-2017 and be completed by 2021.


The project cost of GBP263 million will be fully funded by the joint venture (JV) Barking Riverside Limited (GBP172 million) and TfL (GBP91 million). The Barking Riverside Limited JV comprises the Greater London Authority (49 per cent) and London & Quadrant (51 per cent).


The Gospel Oak-Barking Line is currently being electrified and the work is expected to be completed by January 2018. TfL has ordered a fleet of eight four-car Aventra electric multiple units (EMUs) from Bombardier to replace the current fleet of British Rail Class 172 diesel multiple units (DMUs).


(1 GBP [British Pound] = 1.3 USD)