TfL have started a second stage of consultation on the Riverside extension. It offers a bit more detail on route options where the extension would cross the C2C route and offers the prospect of a second station being built at some future date. Looks like the likely completion date has slipped back somewhat - I thought they'd said 2019 previously, now 2020.
TfL have publised a paper about progressing the next steps for the Barking Riverside extension. Includes the options that have been considered to serve the development area and also gives a business case.
a) want the second station built at Renwick Road b) still want the DLR to be extended through Barking Riverside c) want the Riverside extension extended under the Thames to Thamesmead / Abbey Wood ASAP d) want the Riverside extension built ASAP
Also noteworthy that John Biggs AM wants evidence that a cross river tunnel is feasible and that there are no planning constraints in the way and that TfL have taken steps to prevent encroachment on a likely route under the Thames.
I see there will be third round of consultation later this year. Surely they should get on with the powers process and get it built? The developers can't build more houses without a rail link being provided so TfL are effectively holding up the development.
I have concerns that climate change and sea level rise will force a rethink on this extension - and the DLR to Barking Riverside. That is, unless the stations are to be part of integrated transport schemes serving water buses.
Paper going to the Board next week asking the Board to delegate authorities downwards to the Finance and Policy Cttee and other TfL officers so that progress on the project is maintained across the Mayoral election period and avoids the need to recall the Board.
Note the likely decision at the end of Feb about funding and other issues and then starting the TWAO process in March.
Shame the article can't even get the term "BRL" correct. They call it "Barking Riverside Line" when it is actually "Barking Riverside Limited" which is a mechanism to channel government, private and City Hall funding into the project and deal with land and property issues for the line. The simple fact here is that the Mayor has said "get on with it" to TfL and to those responsible for delivering housing at Barking Riverside. The area can't be redeveloped further to any great extent without a rail link (originally to be DLR, now GOBLIN).