Grade-II listed railway station set for a multi-million pound refurb

LONDON’S only Grade-II listed 1950s railway station is set for a multi-million pound refurbishment – and work could start as early as October. 

Barking, in east London, is regarded as a classic of post-war British Railways station architecture and design. It is operated by c2c, served by trains on the London Fenchurch Street to Southend/Shoeburyness route and London Overground’s (LO) line from Gospel Oak.

A computer-generated interior view of the refurbished station hall.

Trenitalia-owned c2c wants to transform the station to cope with growing passenger numbers, reduce congestion and restore original architectural features that help to celebrate the Grade II-listed station. As part of the work, the station’s concourse will be redesigned and a second line of ticket gates added, doubling the current total. 

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Station entrances will also be doubled in size to improve passenger flow, and new station toilets, lifts and retail spaces will be provided. c2c has also applied for a DfT grant to provide additional lifts to all platforms. 

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