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Barking Station forecourt improvements 

Project details 

The area in front of Barking Station will be given a facelift to make it more pleasant for pedestrians and station users.

The improvements, designed by civil engineers, Parsons Brinckerhoff, will nearly double the amount of public space in front of the building in Station Parade.

The improvement works will involve re-paving the pedestrian area in front of the station with granite paving, plus a new bus stop and taxi pick-up points, improved lighting, better signage and new cycle parking, seating and, for the first time in many years, a station clock.

A consultation was carried out last year to gauge public reaction to the proposals.  When asked their biggest concern about the station forecourt the largest response from the 321 respondents was overcrowding (32 per cent), followed by not enough waiting space for buses (14 per cent) and then security (10 per cent).  A total of 89 per cent thought that increasing the paved area would improve pedestrian access and 85 per cent approved of the scheme overall.

The works to improve the area in front of the station are being funded by a £500,000 grant from Transport for London, plus contributions from developers. Further improvements to the footpath on the opposite side of Station Parade will take place in the New Year thanks to a further £400,000 grant which has recently been secured by the council from the Mayor of London for a range of projects in Barking Town Centre.

Latest news - February 2012 

In order to safely undertake the carriageway resurfacing works it is necessary to close Station Parade and parts of Ripple Road and Longbridge Road. These closures are proposed to be undertaken overnight between 5 and 9 March 2012, between the hours of 7pm and 5am and have been agreed with the Police and Transport for London Buses.

All through traffic, including buses, will be diverted by the Northern Relief Road in both directions. The road closures and access provisions are detailed below:

Road Closures

  • 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 March
    • Station Parade closed both ways between Fanshawe Roundabout and Cambridge Road.
    • Access from Vicarage Field Car Park will be via alternative access.
  • 5, 6, 7 March
    • Salisbury Avenue  closed at Junction with Station Parade.

    • Diversion via Somerby Road and Cecil Road.

  • 5, 6, 7 March 

    • Wakering Road  closed at Junction with Station Parade.

    • Diversion – Wakering Road made two-way overnight.

    • Taxi stand required to be relocated to bus stop and bus stand on Longbridge Road (Wakering Road to Fanshawe Roundabout).

    • Access to the site and temporary taxis stands will be via a manned gate at Fanshawe Roundabout.

  • 5 March

    • Ripple Road, no access/egress from Cambridge Road end.

  • 7, 8 March

    • Ripple Road,  no access/egress from Cambridge Road end.

  • 9 March

    • Ripple Road,  no access /egress from Vicarage Drive end.

    • Access/egress via Cambridge Road.

January 2012 

The second and final stage of improvement works at Barking Station Forecourt began on 9 January. The works are expected to run until end of  March 2012.

The works mean there is a need for a road closure in Barking Town Centre. Station Parade and Cambridge Road will be temporarily closed to all eastbound traffic going in the direction of the Longbridge Road roundabout (known locally as ‘The Catch’ roundabout) between Cambridge Road and Salisbury Avenue.  The traffic diversion route will be the same as that adopted during the stage one road closure. Westbound traffic from the roundabout at Fanshawe Avenue along Station Parade and Cambridge Road will operate as normal. 

The temporary restriction to eastbound traffic will also apply to vehicles leaving (i.e taking a right turn) from the Vicarage Field car park. The restriction will also require all vehicles leaving the Town Centre pedestrianised zone, and the Vicarage Field Service Area, to turn into Cambridge Road and head northbound. Traffic will be diverted around the Northern Relief Road for the duration of the closure.

The closure will be all day, seven days a week and is expected to be in place for a period of up to 12 weeks although every effort will be made during the construction period to reduce the duration of the temporary closure.

Two eastbound and one westbound bus stops will be closed while the road closure is in place. These include  the eastbound bus stops directly outside the Station and eastbound bus stop further down Station Parade towards the Longbridge Road roundabout. The westbound stop directly opposite the station will also be temporarily closed during the works. 

The nearest alternative eastbound bus stop is on the corner of Linton Road and London Road, a walking distance of 250m. The nearest alternative westbound bus stops which will temporarily replace the existing stops on the southern side of Station Parade (opposite the station are at the existing bus stop east of Salisbury Avenue (outside Domino Pizza).
High quality signage, in advance and throughout the works will ensure that pedestrians, at or near the station, have clear directions to the alternative temporary bus stops.

Key elements of the second, and final, phase of the works will include the following elements:

  • Upgrading the paving to high quality material to match those used in the first phase of works and other parts of Barking Town Centre
  • Providing new lighting columns to match those used in the main phase
  • Providing two new short term parking bay  drop-off points for people with disabilities 
  • Providing a loading bay on the south side of Salisbury Avenue (adjacent to the railway line) near the junction with Station Parade
  • Providing new bus stops
  • Providing new litter bins

Cllr Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We are pleased to announce the start of the final phase of improvement works. Such works necessarily involve a degree of temporary  disruption. The council will be working hard to ensure that these are kept to the very minimum and  apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused. However, the improvements from the first phase of works are self-evident and have been warmly welcomed by many local people’’.  

Regeneration Enquiries

Town Hall

1 Town Square


IG11 7LU


Phone: 020 8227 3319

Email: regeneration@lbbd.gov.uk