In an empty wasteland surround by a mix of empty fields and derelict buildings, a brand new railway station is being built for the London Overground.

This is Barking Riverside, an area that is currently being turned into a new town filled with over 10,000 new homes, and in need of a railway line for commuters to get to work.

(c) Barking Riverside

A railway was always planned for the development, indeed, it’s a requirement of the planning permission for the houses that a railway be provided. Originally expected to be an extension of the DLR but that was put on hold in favour of extending the London Overground.

(c) TfL

A new length of railway will lead off from the existing C2C railway line, and curve around the edge of the new housing estate down to the station which will be towards the south-western end of the Riverside development.

Passive provision is also being included for an extra station at Renwick Road, for another planned housing development, and for a tunnel under the Thames to Thamesmead.

By sheer coincidence, the new station will be on the site of a large set of cargo railway sidings that used to serve the massive power station that occupied a large plot of riverside land now occupied by light industrial and the area’s famous Sunday market.

One of the advantages of developing the station now is that it’s much easier to build the heavy infrastructure while the area is still lacking too many people living here to complain about the noise. It also has to be one of the largest railway construction site I have seen in many years, as most tend to be exceptionally cramped sites crushed in by other buildings.

At the moment, they’ve clearly laid out the core structure for the new station, and also the viaduct leading up to the elevated platforms.

As is often the case with brownfield sites, no matter how much planning is done to check everything is OK, unplanned problems can occur, and this site has come across a lot of utility works, mainly a Thames Water pipe and telecoms cabling that were not on older plans of the area.

They sit under the piers that will hold up the railway viaduct, and while the piers could be moved, that then means different loads on the railway spans, causing changes to those designs as well.

These are now having to be dealt with, which is causing worries about delays and costs, but at the moment, the concerns aren’t leading to revised opening dates for the new railway.

All going well, the new station, due to be placed in Zone 4 on the tube map should open in December 2021, offering four trains per hour at first.

When operational, London Overground services would no longer terminate at platform 1 at Barking station but would be diverted to run through platforms 7 and 8 which are currently used by c2c and freight services.

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12 comments on “London’s newest train station – Barking Riverside
  1. John Bishop says:

    London’s newest RAILWAY STATION. (There is no such thing as a train station).

    • Tom Morris says:

      As such a term is in wide and common usage I’d suggest it is quite legitimate. Would offer a stronger case but I’m just off to the road station. Never call *that* a bus station….

  2. Simon Guppy says:

    I shall look forward to visiting Barking Riverside Railway Station when it opens.

  3. Tom Morris says:

    And I am also advocating that we change Airports to Plane Stations and Ports to Boat Stations.

  4. Maurice Reed says:

    The term “train station” grates on me too. In the US they can call them that(or depots) but in the UK they were always railway stations I.e. stations on the railway.

    • ianvisits says:

      Actually, in the UK, train station was used in Victorian times, while not as widely as railway station, it was in use in the UK long before the Yanks got their iron wagons, so it’s not an American import.

      If I write for a trade magazine, I would use trade terms, but this is a general purpose website appealing to the general public.

      Frankly, I don’t care which is used, so long as I use the one most popularly used by the public — which in this situation is train station.

      It’s also worth noting that much of the London Underground terminology was imported from the USA, and no one seems to complain about that though. Odd.

  5. Chris Lutton says:

    Blimey.

    You’d think people would be grateful that you write a free, hugely informative and interesting blog, but no, you use one term the pedants decree is “incorrect” (even though it makes perfect sense and its meaning is clear) and you get a flood of negative and insulting comments.

    For all you pedants: if you object to the term, the simple answer is for you not to use it when you write and speak. Trying to control how other people write is extraordinarily rude.

    Keep up the good work, Ian 🙂

  6. Long Branch Mike says:

    Any information on TfL’s claim that the this station will allow for the Overground to proceed under (or over) the Thames?

    • ianvisits says:

      If I recall off the top of my head, in the government’s budget announcement that approved funding for the station a year or two back.

  7. Geoffrey says:

    The junction with c2c Tilbury line is very expensively wasteful in that both tracks of the Overground extension cross the bridge whereas it would only be nescessary for the eastbound track to bridge and the westbound just link into to up Tilbury line which it does much further west

  8. JohnC says:

    Near where I live the “train station” is a gym.

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