Sunday, 26 June 2016

Barking scheme to get rail link

Funding for a £150 million railway extension which would make the construction of 10,000 new homes viable could be granted in the Treasury’s autumn statement.

Barking and Dagenham Council expects chancellor George Osborne to grant cash for an extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking overground train line to Barking Riverside when he gives his annual update on 4 December.

The council has granted planning permission to Barking Riverside Ltd to deliver 10,800 homes in the area, with 41 per cent affordable, but says the scheme won’t be viable without improved transport links. This is because the poor transport links serving the site would suppress demand for the homes.

John Biggs, London Assembly member for east London, confirmed City Hall had been lobbying for funding, and believed they were ‘on to a sure thing’. He said: ‘Barking Riverside is a major housing area, but is currently poorly served by public transport.’

Ken Jones, director of housing strategy at the council, said 1,500 homes could be delivered in Barking Riverside without improved transport links.

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