Like any part of London, the quality of public transport facilities is a key issue for anyone living in Hackney or contemplating moving there. For this reason, the latest developments may bring some very encouraging and positive news.
Details have been revealed of the revamp of Hackney Central Overground Station, including CGI images of what it will look like after the £3 million upgrade is completed. The work, which will start next month, is part of the borough council’s plans to revamp the town centre, making it cleaner, greener and more accessible.
The redevelopment work in central Hackney is based on thousands of responses to the 2019 Hackney Central Conversation, an initiative aimed at establishing what local residents wanted to improve about the area.
When the station upgrade is completed, commuters will be able to access it via second entrance on Graham Road, which has been conceived as a way both of reducing congestion and increasing access to the town centre.
Other elements of the scheme will see the creation of new cycle parking spaces, more tress and an extra staircase in the transport hub, which will also make it easier to change between Hackney Central station and the mainline rail station at Hackney Downs.
This kind of development adds another good reason to move to Hackney as the area emerges, which means now may be a good time to contact letting agents in Hackney to see what is available.
Discussing the developments, Hackney’s mayor Philip Glanville said: “This is just a starting point in our commitment to creating a cleaner, greener and more accessible town centre,” adding that other priorities included more homes and jobs, the environment and a strong post-covid recovery.
While the only Tube station in Hackney is Manor House, on the border with Islington, the development of the Overground has given the area a major improvement in connectivity, offering enhanced links in a different direction between central London and the east of the capital, particularly through the incorporation of the former East London line on the Tube.