The UK’s Secretary of State for Transport has approved a 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line.
The line, which is currently being electrified, will be extended south east from Barking station to the new Barking Riverside housing development.
The Secretary of State, Chris Grayling, has now given his support to the project – approving the Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) for the extension.
The extension will initially follow the route of the existing Essex Thameside Tilbury line.
TfL said the Barking Riverside extension replaces previous plans to extend the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Dagenham Dock via Barking Riverside. The line may well be extended further south in the future, TfL has said.
Work is expected to begin later this year, with the extension opening in 2021.