London’s biggest housing development is set to well and truly make it onto the map this year. Barking Riverside, which is roughly the same size as Hyde Park, is currently seeing 10,000 new homes being built and is in the process of being connected to the rest of the capital.
Taking advantage of its riverside location, a new pier has also been constructed, with the TfL river bus RB1 (Putney to Woolwich via Central London) now confirmed to be extended there from May. An initial announcement was made last July but now the pier is nearing completion and service preparation is underway. It means residents will soon have the choice of either the upcoming Overground extension from Barking or a more scenic Thames Clipper UberBoat to get to and from Zone 1.
The riverbus will give the area a direct connection to North Greenwich, Canary Wharf and Woolwich meaning orbital journeys to other parts of Outer London will also become much easier. A journey to Greenwich will take just 28 minutes and Tower Bridge 50 minutes, with boats every 20-30mins weekday peak hours and all day weekends. With good bus, train and river provision, you won’t need a car to live there.
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Transport has been key to the area’s regeneration. Originally the site was brownfield and relatively poorly connected to the rest of the city, boxed in by the bends in the River Thames to the south and the c2c railway line to the north. In 2010, it gained two high frequency bus routes, EL1 and EL2 as part of a new scheme called East London Transit. A third route, EL3 has subsequently added and Boris buses aka New Routemasters deployed onto all three routes.
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The riverbus service is also in addition to a short extension of the London Overground line from Gospel Oak via Barking. That will give the development four trains per hour to destinations such as Walthamstow and Tottenham. When the pier opens in May, it will be accompanied by a series of events on the new riverfront and a special boat will run for local schoolchildren on day one. TfL is also set to soon announce the exact opening date of the new Overground station which is across the road from the pier, creating a new interchange.
Matthew Carpen, managing director of Barking Riverside Limited, said: “This is an extremely significant new service for the site, which will help further activate this stretch of the River Thames. The opening of this new River Bus stop would not have been possible without close partnership working with the Council, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers and our contractors. We are very proud to be bringing this fantastic new facility forward for Riversiders and other residents in the borough. We also hope it will encourage many more to come and visit us, to find out what’s happening here on the banks of the Thames in East London.”
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