Transport infrastructure "absolutely vital" for development

Wed 31 October 2018, 5:18 pm

Group director of developer L&Q Fiona Fletcher-Smith today pressed home the need for transport and infrastructure investment in the Thames Gateway area, while speaking about its "incredibly exciting" £500 million development, Barking Riverside at the Thames Estuary Growth Day conference at CentrED.

Highlighting the four-mile walk between the development site on the former power station and the nearest train station, Fletcher-Smith said that is "a hard sell if you have mobility issues or pushing a buggy."

L&Q's main priority is working with the Greater London Authority and Transport for London on rail investment for the area.

Fletcher-Smith added: "It's not terribly well-connected and for us at Barking Riverside, rail [transport] is absolutely vital.

"Everyone thinks that London is incredibly well-connected; there are parts of this city with amazing capacity [for development] but there simply isn’t the infrastructure network."

Barking Riverside is one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects and will include 11,000 homes, parkland, and community facilities including seven schools.

The new TFL Overground station will connect to central London in 22 minutes.


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