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Transport minister confirms Beam Park station still possible

An artists impression of what a future train station in Beam Park might look like

The Minister for Transport, Wendy Morton, has confirmed plans to build a new train station in Beam Park have not been ruled out by the government. 

She said the Department for Transport (DfT) is waiting for the Greater London Assembly (GLA) to send them their plans showing the project is viable.

Morton stressed that they must prove the station can generate revenue over a continuous three-year period and the GLA will have to fund the associated operating losses.

Minister for Transport Wendy Morton and Cllr Damian White

The minister was responding to a letter from the leader of Havering Council, Damian White, who has been lobbying the DfT to help clarify their position on the station.

“We have said all along, our plans have always been for a new station at Beam Park,” said Cllr White. “Putting in this station will not only benefit residents, but also improve the local economy and support businesses.

“I am really pleased to see that 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.

“Officers at the Council and the home builder Countryside have been supporting the GLA in providing the information required for this next step.

“We will continue to work with the GLA and DfT to secure a positive outcome to this.”

Plans to build Beam Park station were first adopted by former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, as part of his London Riverside scheme in 2015. Havering Council also included the project in its Local Plan in 2016.

The future of the scheme was thrown into doubt when former transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris unexpectedly announced the government had never supported the project last October.

Residents who had already moved into the area based on the belief a train station would be provided were furious and plans to build more homes nearby were put in jeopardy. 

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