Barking Riverside: What will happen to the new above-ground expansion?

What’s Barking Riverside When It’s Home? Here’s the skinny on London’s Overground expansion, expected later in 2022.

Brand new flyover horn. Image: TfL.

What exactly is the Barking Riverside extension?

In 2017, TfL announced it would extend the Overground line from Barking station to a brand new station southeast of it, called Barking Riverside. The extension will include an additional 4.5 kilometers of the ‘GOBLIN’ Overground line, which meanders to the banks of the Thames.

A mock-up of the new Barking Riverside station. Image: TfL.

Why are they building a Barking Riverside expansion?

It is in support of the largest housing project in East London called… yes, Barking Riverside. Located on the as-yet un-trendy shoreline of the Thames just east of Creekmouth, the development has some 10,800 new homes, a school, shops, cafes and other things. Barking Riverside also participates in the NHS’s Healthy New Towns initiative and will have a Wellbeing Hub with a GP, water park and gym all under one roof. The whole thing reminds us a bit of the Thamesmead project in the mid-1960s, but with public transport. Barking and Dagenham Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell even claimed that Barking Riverside will become a “Barcelona on Thames” – presumably after drinking a pitcher of sangria.

And it’s bang on time, bang on budget, right?

uh. Construction on the extension began in late 2018 – and it is set to open in 2021 and cost £260 million. The opening is now expected in the autumn of 2022 and will cost £327 million. Part of the blame was the pandemic… yes, that.

An overground map showing the new Barking Riverside at the end of the line
Image: Barking Riverbank

But I want an extension to Barking Riverside NOW!

Actually, that’s just how it happened. In April 2022, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers expanded their river bus service eastwards and opened the 24th pier at Barking Riverside.

An Uber boat cruises the Thames at night under a beautiful purple-lit bridge
River buses already call at Barking Riverside. Image: Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.

Will there be new trains?

Are already! The electric Class 710s have been rolled out on the Overground from May 2019. They are walkable, air conditioned, have USB points and real time info screens. They also have double the capacity of their unwieldy diesel predecessors.

The new(ish) Class 710s will take you to Barcelona on Thames, I mean, Barking Riverside. Image: TfL.

Is there anything else to think about with this new extension?

The one mile of track closest to Riverside Barking station is a da-da-da-dah – 56 span overpass!

TLDR

In the fall of 2022, the Overground will be expanded to a new station, Barking Riverside, a place with many new homes where very healthy people live.

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