A new riverboat pier for Thames Clipper services has been installed to serve thousands of forthcoming homes in Barking.
The pier is visible from just over the river in north Thamesmead, where residents can also see the nearby London Overground taking shape.
@thamesclippers held berthing trials at the new @barkingriver pier today. The pier is the first on the river to have monopile moorings with Donut fenders which enable two vessels to berth simultaneously on a short pier. We are pleased that the arrangement works perfectly. pic.twitter.com/NOkEgzRuSt
— Beckett Rankine (@beckettrankine) April 11, 2022
Barking pier will see services in the peak periods during the morning and throughout the evening.
That does allow new residents to head home after an event at, say, Woolwich Works. In time that’s a hell of a potential customer base.
The last boat from Woolwich to Barking will be 11:56pm.
Barking & Dagenham council have contributed £600,000 to the extension.
Thamesmead misses out again
Thamesmead residents will be looking on with envy once more as two new more forms of transport arrive hundreds of metres away -albeit across the Thames – after decades of promises for transport improvements havn’t been heeded.
Whether it be the 1960s Jubilee Line extension proposal, a new railway station between Abbey Wood and Plumstead proposed around the same time or the DLR which is still apparently nowhere close to being approved, the town has seen little of what was promised to 60,000 residents over the decades, with the Treasury again hostile to apparently any form of infrastructure investment in London.
Granted, the planned railway station was nowhere near as useful given it wasn’t actually in Thamesmead, yet is indicative of schemes that have been and gone.
The London Overground extension from Barking to Barking Riverside also all but rules out extension to Thamesmead over the river given the new elevated station. Authorities never seemed that keen anyway.
Even the poor old Greenwich Waterfront Transit which aimed to link Thamesmead to Abbey Wood and north Greenwich on segregated roads was watered down in 2009 to little more than a rebranded 472 bus with no service level enhancements. It was then cancelled within weeks of Boris Johnson becoming Mayor of London.
Numerous housing developments have been built or approved since then along what was to be the GWT’s route, including thousands of homes approved across Thamesmead in recent years which has not seen any income allocated to a new transit bus.
That includes 1,750 homes at West Thamesmead Gateway and 333 nearby beside the old Royal Arsenal canal.
Time and again Greenwich Council have failed to allocate incoming monies from developers towards either a new transit route nor extensive pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
You can see a history of the ill-fated Greenwich Waterfront Transit here.
Barking over the river has had a number transit bus routes implemented.
Abbey Wood station will see Crossrail services soon, yet Abbey Wood has had high frequency and fast rail links to central London for decades which didn’t help much of Thamesmead.
Eight trains per hour to central London have existed from Abbey Wood for many years (and that was off peak levels) and for decades it was as quick as 22 minutes to London Bridge and 25 to the City.
The issue with certain areas of Thamesmead was reaching Abbey Wood station with dual carriageways, meandering roads and an elevated sewer all hampering access.
None of that changes with Crossrail.
South Thamesmead isn’t hindered to such as extent, and so residents at thousands of homes there will be able to reach the Elizabeth Line relatively easily.
Peabody are finally getting round to finishing over 500 homes, and have just announced consultation into 329 more.
Abbey Wood towers are nearing completion, and Bexley Council have plans to build too.