Hackney Central railway station
Hackney Central looking eastbound
Location of Hackney Central in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Hackney|
|Managed by||London Overground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|OSI||Hackney Downs |
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1850||Opened as Hackney|
|1980||Reopened as Hackney Central|
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Hackney Central railway station is a railway station on the North London Line in an area of the London Borough of Hackney known as Hackney Central in east London. It is between Dalston Kingsland (to the west) and Homerton (to the east), in Travelcard Zone 2. The station and all trains serving it are operated by London Overground.
The North London Railway opened a station named Hackney on 26 September 1850, located east of Mare Street. It closed on 1 December 1870 and was replaced the same day by a station to the west of Mare Street, also named Hackney. This station passed in due course to the London and North Western Railway and later on to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, which closed the entire North London Line east of Dalston Junction to passenger traffic in 1944.
On 12 May 1980 the station was reopened, this time being named Hackney Central, albeit located a little to the west of the 1870 station. The 1870 station building is no longer in use by the railway, but is one of only two examples of North London Railway architecture still in situ, the other being Camden Road station, which is still open. Access to the modern Hackney Central station is from an alleyway adjacent to the 1870 building on Mare Street, as well as a more direct access from Amhurst Road.
As part of the programme to introduce four-car trains on the London Overground network, the North London Line between Gospel Oak and Stratford closed in February 2010, and reopened on 1 June 2010. This was to enable the installation of a new signalling system and the extension of platforms across the network. Engineering work continued until May 2011, during which reduced services operated and Sunday services were suspended. This affected usage statistics for those years as shown in the infobox.
The typical service at the station is 4 trains per hour westbound to Richmond via Highbury & Islington, Camden Road and Willesden Junction, 2 trains per hour westbound to Clapham Junction and 6 trains per hour eastbound to Stratford. The maintenance work on the North London Line was completed in May 2011 has enabled extra services to run all day which have replaced the additional shuttle trains running between Camden Road and Stratford stations in the morning and evening peaks.
Hackney Central is a proposed stop on the Crossrail 2. It would be between Angel and Tottenham Hale or Seven Sisters. The platforms would be underground, with a connection to the existing surface station. It would connect the station and the borough to the Crossrail network, although the East London Line was supposed to bring the London Underground firstly to Hackney but now it is part of the London Overground network.
Docklands Light Railway
In February 2006 the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Horizon 2020 report, had suggested that the DLR be extended here from Bow Church via Old Ford and Homerton, taking over the old parts of the North London Line to link up Poplar and Canary Wharf. However, most of the former North London Line between Hackney Wick and Bow Church has been built on.
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