Work on Hackney Central station begins signalling plans for a fair recovery

Work has begun on the £3 million Hackney Central London Overground station revamp, a key milestone in plans for a cleaner, greener and more accessible town centre after the pandemic.

Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville was on-site last Friday (16 July) to mark the Department for Transport funded project getting under way, along with representatives from Arriva Rail London, Network Rail, Transport for London and designer and surveyor TTPP, which the Council is working in partnership with to deliver the improvements.

These include a new second entrance on Graham Road to ease congestion and provide quicker and more direct access to the town centre, new cycle parking spaces and more trees and greenery, and an additional staircase within the station to make the interchange between Hackney Central and Hackney Downs stations easier for customers.

The changes, scheduled for completion in early 2022, are made possible by Hackney Council providing land on Graham Road for the new entrance – one of the first actions in plans to deliver on priorities set by more than 4,000 local people as part of the large-scale engagement exercise the Hackney Central Conversation.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
This landmark shows we are putting words into action, as we seek to build a fair recovery after the pandemic. This major Department for Transport 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.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
It’s great to see work now under way on the new station entrance on Graham Road. Customers will still be able to use Hackney Central while this work gets underway, and once complete they will have more direct and convenient access to the town centre, as well as an improved interchange with Hackney Downs station.
David Thomas, TfL’s Concession Manager for London Overground
We’re excited to be working alongside our partners to help deliver an exciting project for Hackney Central station that will improve accessibility and ease congestion for passengers and support the wider benefits for the local community.
Katherine Scott, Network Rail’s project sponsor
We’re pleased to have started work on the Hackney Central station upgrade alongside our client, Transport for London, and other partners. These improvements will have huge benefits for Hackney Central customers, offering them flexibility when entering the station and enhancing their experience of travelling on the London Overground.
Paul Hutchings, Arriva Rail London’s Managing Director
Mayor Philip Glanville, Hackney Central station