The Anonymous Widower

Connecting Hackney Central and Hackney Downs Stations

It says this in Wikipedia under the entry for Hackney Downs station.

The station is a short walk from Hackney Central, on the North London Line. Until Hackney Central’s closure in 1944, a passenger connection linked the two stations. However, when Hackney Central reopened in 1985, the footway did not reopen, and passengers transferring between the two stations are obliged to leave the station and transfer at street level.

Last night, I took the Overground to Hackney Central and then walked to Hackney Downs station.

It was quite an easy walk, but not the most obvious.

These pictures show how close the lines are and some of the local area.

It may not be possible to reinstate the walkway, but surely something better can be done, incorporating sensible bus interchanges as well.

I see this very much as an opportunity for Hackney.

August 20, 2011 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


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  2. […] The other problem at Hackney is getting between the two stations of Hackney Central and Hackney Downs. I walked it at ground level and it doesn’t take too long.  There are some pictrures here. […]

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  3. […] Hackney Central and Hackney Downs – This could be an important interchange in north-east London, as I indicated here. […]

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  4. […] The reason I went to the Hackney Records Office was to see if I could find any trace of the track level walkway between Hackney Downs and Hackney Central stations. I have talked about this before. […]

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  5. […] posted about rebuilding the footbridge connection between  Hackney Downs and Hackney Central stations […]

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