Posted 8th August 2016 | No Comments

News points: Monday 8 August 2016

BRITISH Transport Police has announced the appointment of a new assistant chief constable. Robin Smith will be joining the Force from Sussex Constabulary, where he was temporarily deputy chief constable, on 19 September. He has more than 30 years’ policing experiencing, including a previous ACC position in Sussex Police, where he was Head of Operations and Head of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit. He is also a former Divisional Commander at Gatwick Airport and is a Strategic Firearms Commander and Gold Public Order Commander.


TRANSPORT for London has started the process of appointing a contractor to build the Barking Riverside extension of London Overground, which will serve east London’s largest housing development site. TfL has placed a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union seeking expressions of interest. A formal Invitation to Tender is expected to be issued in 2017 following the completion of design work, after an application for a Transport and Works Act Order was submitted earlier this year. Construction of the 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line will bring London Overground services to a new station at Barking Riverside, with construction being carried out from late 2017 and services starting in 2021.


THE Association of Community Rail Partnerships is to expand its team and activities, thanks to new funding from the Department for Transport and Arriva Rail North. ACoRP said it will be recruiting 'new expertise in communications and marketing, tourism and heritage' as well as adding to the operations team. The organisation will be led by a new Chief Executive, because long-serving general manager Neil Buxton will retire at the end of this year.