Following a public inquiry held in late 2016, the Secretary of State for Transport decided on 4 August 2017 to make a Transport and Works Act Order to allow the construction and operation of a new railway (the Barking Riverside Extension or BRE) to serve the Barking Riverside development area. The provision of the BRE will enable the development of 10,800 homes in an area otherwise limited to the development of 1500 homes. The Secretary of State concluded that the BRE would “have a transformational effect on the socio-economic outlook of the Barking waterfront and on the Borough and the wider Riverside Opportunity Area.”
Andrew Tait QC appeared at the inquiry for the promoter, Transport for London, instructed by Ian Cameron of Bircham Dyson Bell.
Timothy Comyn acted for one of the objectors, DB Rail, instructed by Peter Seabourn of Mills and Reeve.