Hackney Downs railway station

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Hackney Downs National Rail London Overground
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Hackney Downs railway station in 2008
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]
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Lists of stations
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WGS84 51°32′54″N 0°03′36″W / 51.5483°N 0.0601°W / 51.5483; -0.0601Coordinates: 51°32′54″N 0°03′36″W / 51.5483°N 0.0601°W / 51.5483; -0.0601

Hackney Downs is a London Overground and National Rail main line station on the Lea Valley Lines forming part of the West Anglia Main Line, serving the Hackney Central area of the London Borough of Hackney, east London. It is 2 miles 78 chains (4.8 km) down-line from London Liverpool Street.

On the London Overground network the station is situated between London Fields and either Clapton (for the Chingford branch) or Rectory Road (for the Cheshunt/Enfield Town branch). Main line trains, operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, call at Hackney Downs between Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale. Its three-letter station code is HAC and it is in Travelcard zone 2.

The station was originally named Downs Junction. Today, it has a direct passenger link to Hackney Central station, providing interchange with the North London Line of the Overground network.


Hackney Downs railway station in 1993

The ticket hall was rebuilt in the early 1980s along with changes to the roofs on the platforms. The island platform's 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.

A pedestrian link between Hackney Downs and Hackney Central stations was opened in 2015. Until Hackney Central's closure in 1944, a passenger connection had linked the two stations. However, when Hackney Central re-opened in 1985, the footway was not reinstated and passengers transferring between the two stations were obliged to leave one and walk along the street to the other, until the link was rebuilt.

The Lea Valley Lines were previously operated by Abellio Greater Anglia as part of the East Anglia franchise. In 2015 they transferred to London Overground operation.[3][4] Some West Anglia Main Line services continue to call at Hackney Downs.


The typical off-peak service from the station is:

London Overground:

Abellio Greater Anglia (main line):


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
West Anglia Main Line
  Tottenham Hale
London Liverpool Street   Abellio Greater Anglia
West Anglia Main Line
(Limited services)
  Seven Sisters
Overground roundel (no text).svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground
London Fields   Lea Valley Lines
Cheshunt/Enfield Town branch
  Rectory Road
Bethnal Green   Lea Valley Lines
Chingford branch