UK: Work has started on a £3m refurbishment of the London Overground station at Hackney Central on the North London Line, including the construction of a second entrance.
Being funded by the Department for Transport, the works are scheduled for completion in early 2022. Hackney Council has provided land on Graham Road for the construction of the second entrance, which is intended to relieve congestion and provide more direct access to the town centre. New cycle parking spaces are also being provided.
An additional staircase is to be built to improve the passenger walkway between Hackney Central and Hackney Downs stations. This provides the principal interchange between the North London Line and the West Anglia routes that are also operated by Arriva Rail London as part of the London Overground network.
Hackney Council is working with designer and surveyor TTPP, Transport for London and Network Rail to deliver the station works in conjunction with its own improvements to the local urban environment.
‘This landmark shows we are putting words into action, as we seek to build a fair recovery after the pandemic’, said Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville. ‘This major DfT investment in Hackney Central, combined with the use of our land, has unlocked this project and is a key step towards fulfilling our ambitions for a cleaner, greener future, which will have significant benefits for all those who visit, work and live in the area.
‘Work beginning on the station is just the latest step towards achieving our goals of building an inclusive economy that works for everyone. I am certain this investment will act as a catalyst for a more accessible town centre and deliver the changes needed to ensure Hackney Central continues to be a safer, modern, accessible and sustainable place for years to come.’