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Rail & Underground Services

Three train operators provide rail services to the borough via the three mainline railway stations serving the borough – Barking (Travel Card Zone 4), Dagenham Dock and Chadwell Heath (both Travel Card Zone 5). They include:

  • C2C, which connects London to Southend and calls at Barking station and Dagenham Dock. There is an average of nine trains an hour in each direction serving Barking Station. There are four services an hour at Dagenham Dock at peak times and two services an hour off peak.
  • London Overground connects Barking to Gospel Oak and provides a connection to the North London Line. It calls at Barking with an average of four trains an hour in each direction.
  • National Express East Anglia connects London to Ipswich and beyond and calls at Chadwell Heath.

The District and Hammersmith & City Underground Lines provide an east - west link with Central London and West London. The District Line stops in the borough at Barking, Upney (both Travel Card Zone 4), Becontree, Dagenham Heathway and Dagenham East (all Travel Card Zone 5) and terminates at Upminster in the neighbouring borough of Havering. The Hammersmith and City line terminates at Barking station.

The stations at Barking, Upney and Dagenham Heathway are equipped with lifts, enabling step-free access for all between street level and platforms. From 2013, 80 new trains will be introduced on the District Line, providing step free access at all stations apart from Becontree. 53 new seven-car trains will be introduced on the Hammersmith & City Line from 2011.

Bus Services

There are currently 27 bus routes in operation in Barking and Dagenham, providing links to a range of key destinations within the borough, as well as to the major centres of Rainham, Romford, Ilford and Stratford in neighbouring boroughs (where many services start and end).

23 routes run daily services, with four running on fewer days. Daily services operate mainly between the hours of 6am and midnight, although some services begin earlier and finish later. Within the borough there are two major operators, Stagecoach and First, who operate approximately 75% of the services. Other operators include Arriva, East Thames Buses and Blue Triangle Buses. All buses are low-floor and wheelchair accessible.

Since 2004 we have implemented around 40 major bus improvement schemes and have made 93 bus stops fully accessible at a cost of over £4.5 million, resulting in significant improvements to infrastructure - including the provision of new bus shelters, improved lighting and better travel information.

General Information

For more information on all rail, Underground and bus routes and services, check Transport for London's online travel tool at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/

Travel Information is also available 24 hours a day by telephone on 0843 222 1234.

Cycle Code & Road Traffic

  • Keep your bike roadworthy.
  • Always follow the Highway Code.
  • Only cycle on the carriageway or where cycling is permitted.
  • Obey traffic and cycle signs.
  • Do not ride on pavements and do not ride across pedestrian crossings when pedestrians are crossing.
Under the Road Traffic Act, you can be booked and given a fixed penalty fine by the Police if you are caught riding:
  • On the footway.
  • The wrong way, opposite direction of a one-way street.
  • Through a RED traffic light.
  • Recklessly, dangerously, unsafely or inconsiderately.
  • Whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Cycle Training & Skills

The borough provides free cycle training and skills to all borough residents, workers and commuters tailored to specific requirements and delivered to National Standards. The sessions can be delivered a number of ways, from 1:1 training, through to group social cycling sessions and led rides.

In 2015/16 the borough provided over 900 hours of free cycle training and skills sessions and taught 336 residents to ride a bike.

For futher information and to get involved email: info@vandomecycles.co.uk

Why Cycle?


Borough Cycle Map

We hope this cycle map will provide a useful guide for planning cycle journeys within the borough.

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is committed to encouraging and promoting cycling as a viable and healthy mode of travel, through constant development and improvements to the borough wide network.

Additional work is on going to develop a greenway network, linking parks and open spaces with key destinations, such as town centres, schools and transport interchanges through a network of green corridors, providing opportunities for all cyclists.

Useful Contacts

If you have any comments or suggestions with regard to the cycle network within the borough or would just like further information on cycling please contact:
Nick Davies
Principal Transport Officer
Telephone: 020 8227 3167 email: nick.davies@lbbd.gov.uk website: www.lbbd.gov.uk/transportandstreets/cycling
Transport for London - Cycling
London Cycle Network+ (LCN+)
The Cyclists Touring Club (CTC)
London Cycling Campaign (LCC)