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December 15, 2016

UK’s TfL shortlists companies for London Overground rail extension project

The UK's Transport for London (TfL) has announced that Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Volker Fitzpatrick have been shortlisted for building the 4.5km London Overground Barking Riverside rail extension.

The UK's Transport for London (TfL) has announced that Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Volker Fitzpatrick have been shortlisted for building the 4.5km London Overground Barking Riverside rail extension. 

Located in the centre of Barking Riverside community, the new station will deliver a sustainable public transport alternative to car travel and link the area with London's public transport network through connections at Barking.

TfL London Rail director Jonathan Fox said: “The Barking Riverside extension is key to regenerating this part of east London, helping to support up to 10,800 new homes, along with new jobs and improved facilities for the local community.

“The London Overground network has helped regenerate other parts of London by providing a frequent, reliable and high standard rail services, and this rail extension will help Barking riverside to grow and develop."

In March, TfL submitted a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) for the extension to the UK Secretary of State for Transport.

"The Barking Riverside extension is key to regenerating this part of east London."

Upon securing  approval, construction of the line will begin in late-2017 with train services starting in 2021.

TfL sought expressions of interest to construct the rail extension by submitting a notice to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in July. 

Barking Riverside is a joint venture between the GLA and London & Quadrant that is providing £172m for the project, while the remaining funds are from TfL.

The Gospel Oak to Barking route is already part of London Overground and will be electrified by Network Rail, with completion expected next year.

Beginning in 2018, new four-carriage electric trains will run on the route replacing the current two-carriage diesel rail vehicles.

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