Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s urban regeneration organisation, has announced a third year of its unique free bus tour which is designed to give residents and visitors an insight into regeneration in this fast-growing borough.

Managing Director of Be First, Pat Hayes, said: “Be First’s mission is to accelerate growth in the borough so that we can provide homes and jobs for local people. It’s a huge task and we hope to deliver 50,000 new homes and 20,000 new jobs over the next 20 years.

“But to appreciate the scale and the opportunity, it’s not enough to read about it – you have to see it with your own eyes.  That’s why it’s good to book yourself a place on the best bus tour in town.”

Qualified guide, Charlie Forman, leads the tour and provides a friendly and entertaining insight into the past, present and fast-evolving future of the borough.

The tour starts and finishes from Barking Town Hall and does a circuit of the borough, including the Ice House Quarter, Barking Riverside and the industrial and residential areas of dynamic Dagenham, including the soon-to-be film studio site.

The monthly tours are free to the public and can be booked on a first come, first served basis here.