The new Barking Riverside station opened to customers on Monday 18 July, helping transform journeys to the developing area of east London and supporting the delivery of more than 10,000 new homes. As part of the Morgan Sindall Infrastructure Volkerfitzpatrick joint venture, the development of the new station included a 1.5 kilometre viaduct and new railway line, as well as modifying and realigning existing operational infrastructure.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, joined London's Transport Commissioner, Andy Byford, and Matthew Carpen from Barking Riverside Limited to officially celebrate the opening of the new station on 25 July.
"I'm delighted that the new Barking Riverside London Overground station recently opened to customers, ahead of schedule. Residents will now benefit from a modern, spacious new station and greatly reduced journey times with Barking just seven minutes away."
The 178-hectare brownfield site on the northern bank of the River Thames will become home to an estimated 30,000 new residents with Barking Riverside station an intrinsic part of the development. Sitting at the heart of a new public square and only a five-minute walk from the riverfront, Barking Riverside station forms part of the extended Gospel Oak to Barking route.
Residents and visitors using the new station can now benefit from quicker and easier journeys. Journey times to Barking have been dramatically cut by more than two thirds to around seven minutes, while the city is now accessible in just 22 minutes.
"I'm immensely proud to see this fantastic addition to our public transport network at Barking Riverside. It will make a real difference to so many people's lives and it is also a clear example of the importance of investment in transport - it's the key to unlock skills, jobs and homes.
It's a great credit to all those who worked on the project that we have been able to open the station months earlier than planned and I would like to thank all our partners for their collaborative efforts, including the MSVF joint venture of Morgan Sindall Infrastructure and VolkerFitzpatrick, Network Rail and Arriva Rail London."
Making a difference
Since work began in 2018, the project team has undertaken over £191 million of social value activity to support local schools, sports clubs, community and outreach programmes. Their programme has also included several targeted work placement programmes including Get into Transport, Women in Construction and Steps into Work.
In particular, a focus on inclusive local recruitment has led to over 70 people from diverse backgrounds gaining experience in the UK rail industry, with representation including women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities, and people who were previously unemployed, leading to positive outlooks for careers within the UK rail industry.
Our project team also sponsored Barking Rugby Club, as well as providing fitness, nutrition and careers advice to young members at various events.
During the four years of construction, businesses from around the UK have benefited from the Barking Riverside Extension. Delivered by the Morgan Sindall Infrastructure and VolkerFitzpatrick (MSVF) joint venture, the project's supply chain partners have supported 39 apprenticeships.
Hear from apprentices working on the project as they discuss their roles and the opportunities that have opened up below:
Apprenticeships at Barking Riverside
Discover more about our Barking Riverside Extension project here.