A Morgan Sindall and VolkerFitzpatrick joint venture has won the £196m contract to extend the London Overground to Barking Riverside to serve a major new housing development.
The contract will see the Gospel Oak to Barking line extended by 4.5 km, a move Transport for London (TfL) has said will provide crucial infrastructure for the Barking Riverside area where nearly 11,000 new homes will be built.
TfL had planned to award the contract in autumn 2017 but delays followed the collapse of Carillion, which had been a pre-qualified bidder. Design delays also meant an invitation to tender was issued later than initially expected.
Preparation work for the extension will commence immediately, with main construction due to start in early 2019 and train services commencing from late 2021.
Under the contract, the JV will deliver:
- A 4.5 km extension to Barking Riverside, from the Tilbury Loop Line between Barking and Dagenham Dock stations to Barking Riverside.
- Reconfiguration of Network Rail’s Ripple Lane goods yard to allow the extension to connect to the Tilbury Loop.
- Construction of a viaduct over the Ripple Lane yard. This will require the viaduct to be built over the Tilbury Loop and foundations constructed between the HS1 tunnels.
- Continuation of the viaduct for a further 1.5km over Renwick Road and into Barking Riverside.
- Construction of a new Barking Riverside station at the area’s town square.
Barking Riverside Ltd managing director Matthew Carpen said: “The construction of the rail line and new London Overground station is the single most important part of unlocking the true potential of this amazing riverside site, allowing residents and visitors to go to and from central London in as little as 22 minutes and firmly putting Barking Riverside on the map as a Zone 4 destination.
“We look forward to working in partnership with TfL and [Morgan Sindall / Volker Fitzpatrick] to deliver this integral aspect of the project.”
TfL managing director of surface transport Gareth Powell said: “Investing in transport infrastructure unlocks and supports homes, jobs and economic growth.”