Beam Park Station could still go ahead

Beam Park railway station in Rainham could get built after all now the government has stepped in to re-start discussions.

A buy-up of 900 new homes near the station has been revealed, bringing  fresh hopes for the line operated by C2C. But a government minister has insisted the new station must be profitable for it to ever go ahead.

Householders moving into homes in the new village were outraged when Beam Park station appeared to be cancelled.

Now the local council has said it would buy 900 homes in the area to help support the scheme.

Residents of Beam Park moved into the new town thinking that a new station would connect them with the rest of the city. But many found out only after moving in that the station was likely to be binned.

Barking and Dagenham Council has now agreed with developers L&Q to buy 936 of the new homes. Around 230 have already been built.

The Department for Transport (DfT) repeatedly said it had never committed to building the station because it was worried it would not be financially viable. Barking and Dagenham Council, Havering Council, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Transport For London (TFL) and the local MP all supported the station.

Having previously ruled out the staton, the DfT has now said it would consider going forward with it if it was profitable. Transport minister Wendy Morton said in a letter to the Greater London Authority: “[The GLA] must show it can generate revenue over a continuous three-year period.”

She added the authority would have to pay for “associated operating losses with an indemnity to be agreed.”

Havering Council’s leader Damian White welcomed the announcement. He said: “We have said all along our plans have always been for a new station at Beam Park.

“Putting in this station will not only benefit residents, but also improve the local economy and support businesses. I am pleased to see the minister has confirmed in her response to me that they are not ruling a station out, and are waiting for the GLA’s plans on how it can be viable.”

A spokesperson for the GLA said the authority would  work with the government on “new modelling and data” for Beam Park Station.

Beam Park is still under construction and hundreds of people have already moved there. The village will have over 3,000 homes when it’s finished and residents are paying around £400,000 for the properties.

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Alastair Lockhart

Local Democracy Reporter