Hackney Downs railway station

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Hackney Downs National Rail London Overground
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Hackney Downs is located in Greater London
Hackney Downs
Hackney Downs
Location of Hackney Downs in Greater London
Location Hackney
Local authority London Borough of Hackney
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code HAC
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 4
OSI Hackney Central [1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 1.278 million[2]
2009–10 Increase 1.286 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 1.629 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 1.781 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 1.809 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 2.035 million[2]
— interchange 0.926 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 2.164 million[2]
— interchange Decrease 0.897 million[2]
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°32′54″N 0°03′36″W / 51.5483°N 0.0601°W / 51.5483; -0.0601

Hackney Downs railway station is in the London Borough of Hackney in north east London. The station is operated by London Overground, on the West Anglia route, and is in Travelcard Zone 2. It is also served by Abellio Greater Anglia. The station was originally opened as Downs Junction Station.

The station has a direct pedestrian link to Hackney Central, on the North London Line, meaning passengers are not required to exit one station and walk along the street to re-enter at the other.


The ticket hall was rebuilt in the early 1980s along with changes to the roofs on the platforms. The island platforms wooden roof was replaced with steel sheeting on the existing frames whilst the side platforms were left unaltered other than the removal of their 'dog-tooth' fascia boards. The signal box, installed in 1960 when the line was electrified, closed in the early 2000s when signalling on the line was centralised. Ticket barriers were installed in 2011.

The current pedestrian link between Hackney Downs and Hackney Central was opened in July 2015. Until Hackney Central's closure in 1944, a passenger connection had linked the two stations. However, when Hackney Central reopened in 1985, the footway did not reopen, and passengers transferring between the two stations were obliged to leave the station and transfer at street level until the link was reinstated in 2015.

The Liverpool Street-Cheshunt/Enfield Town/Chingford services were previously operated by Abellio Greater Anglia as part of the Greater Anglia franchise. On 31 May 2015 they transferred to London Overground concession holder London Overground Rail Operations.[3][4] Some Abellio Greater Anglia West Anglia Main Line services still however continue to call at Hackney Downs.


The typical off-peak service from the station is:

Operated by London Overground,

Operated by Abellio Greater Anglia,

Banner Repeater is an artist run reading room and project space located in the station.


London Buses routes 30, 56 and 276 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  4. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Liverpool Street   Abellio Greater Anglia
London-Hertford East/Broxbourne
  Tottenham Hale or
Seven Sisters
London Liverpool Street   Abellio Greater Anglia
West Anglia Main Line
  Tottenham Hale
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London Fields or
Bethnal Green or
Liverpool Street
  Liverpool Street-Enfield Town/Cheshunt   Rectory Road
Bethnal Green or
Liverpool Street or
  Liverpool Street-Chingford   Clapton