The London overground to Barking Riverside extension forms part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy to support growth through transport investment. The new station extends the Gospel Oak to Barking line, playing a vital role in connecting the development to the capital, and its wider transport network.
- Transport for London
- Main Contractor
- MSVF JV (Morgan Sindall Volker Fitzpatrick JV)
- Moxon Architects
Our bridge department are working closely with our Lostock teams to fabricate and install a nine-span viaduct running over rail, roads and the HS1 tunnels. The viaduct will stretch 1.5km from an existing bridge to the new railway station. At 41 metres long and 3 metres deep the heaviest girders weigh 122 tonnes each.
The first span installation consisted of two main plate girders - each weighing 113 tonnes and measuring 37 metres. The lifting operations required a large Sarens 1,000-tonne mobile crane. The first plate girder was lifted over a 24m radius, this required the use of 160 tonnes of counter ballast and an additional 140 tonnes of super-lift counter ballast attached to the back-mast of the crane.
Providing 3,200 tonnes of structural steel for this extension, will allow 4.5km of new track and is one of several transport measures designed to serve the emerging development area at Barking Riverside. This is the largest housing development in east London, with planning permission for up to 10,800 new homes, as well as healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities. This extension will be capable of operating four trains per hour from Barking station along the existing Tilbury line used by c2c between Fenchurch Street and Grays.