The Anonymous Widower

The Downs End Of The Hackney Downs/Central Link

It isn’t as easy to see the Hackney Downs end of the Hackney Downs/Central Link, which is shown from the Hackney Central end in this post. However, I was able to take these pictures.

Some of them were actually taken from a pretty dirty Abellio Greater Anglia Class 315 train. Hopefully, when these trains are taken over by London Overground, they’ll be a lot cleaner. To get an idea of how complicated the pedestrian link will be, look at this Google Earth image of the North Eastern angle between the North-South Lea Valley Lines through Hackney Downs station and the East West North London Line through Hackney Central station.

Hackney Downs And Central Stations

Hackney Downs And Central Stations

Note that in the South-Western corner of this map is the Graham Road Ventilation Shaft for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

To further investigate I walked from Hackney Downs station parallel to the railway, before turning under the newly-reconstructed rail bridge on Marcon Place (Click here for a construction video!) and then walking round Spurstowe Road. This enlarged image shows where I walked better.

Enlarged Image

Enlarged Image

For information, the platforms at Hackney Downs station are numbered 4, 3, 2 and 1 from West to East (left to right).

These are the pictures I took as I walked.

I don’t think massive is an appropriate word for this walkway high in the sky. It certainly couldn’t be described as flimsy!

These pictures sort out a lot of questions, but they still don’t show how you walk from the top of the stairs and lift into Hackney Downs station.

This plan that I clipped from this page on the Dalstonist web site, appears to show that there will be a gap made in the wall behind Platform 1 to access the walkway.

Hackney Link Plan

Hackney Link Plan

TfL obviously have the figures and know the details of the various passenger interchanges between the two stations, but I can’t help feeling that at least one direct interchange other than between Platform 1 at Downs and Platform 2 at Central may well be necessary.

I would assume that there are plans for adding lifts between the platforms and the subway at Hackney Downs, but that will still mean a step-free walk from Platform 2, 3 or 4 at Hackney Downs to Platform 1 at Hackney Central will be four lift journeys.

If I look at my  own  use of the walkway, it will be in probably in changing between a train going East to one going North or the reverse. Both could need three lift journeys, although I generally can easily manage the foot bridge at Hackney Central.

However, mine and the usage of many others of the interchange would be improved or minimised, if Transport for London develop the Lea Valley Lines and other transport links in East London as many expect they will.

1. Higher frequencies from Hackney Downs to Chingford, Cheshunt and Enfield Town, which are currently four, two and two trains per hour respectively.

2. More trains between Stratford and Cheshunt via the new Lea Bridge station.

3. A reinstated Hall Farm Curve allowing trains to run from Chingford and Walthamstow to Stratford for Crossrail and all Stratford’s other services. Walthamstow to Stratford could go from a 43 minute journey to one of just twelve.

4. We’ve already had notice of a blockade on the Victoria Line this summer to enable track work, that will increase frequency to 36 trains per hour.

I also have a few questions that I would like to see answered.

1. There is a curve under the former Olympic Village that enables trains to go between the North London Line the Lea Valley Lines.  Are there any future plans for this curve?

2. Many passengers using the trains to and from Hackney arrive at the complex by bus. As the area around the stations is developed, will we see a much better bus interchange?

3. My personal favourite addition to the Hackney station complex would be to see a second entrance at Hackney Central direct into the westbound Platform 1, which for many journeys would avoid the need to cross between the two platforms at Hackney Central. Are there any plans to improve this access?

I suspect a lot more will be revealed in a few months.



May 25, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

TfL Rail Starts To Appear

It is not until next Sunday, the thirty-first, that Transport for London take over the Shenfield Metro services that will become part of Crossrail, but the signs are starting to appear.

It would appear that the only different between the Abellio Greater Anglia and TfL Rail version of the station nameplate, is the banding at the top.

May 25, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Fighting The Algae

I walked through the New River Walk in Islington this morning and the Council were doing their best to fight the algae.

The theory is if you put bales of barley straw in water infected with the algae, it helps to combat it.

They don’t seem to be having much success, but then I didn’t when I tried it years ago in one of my ponds.

May 25, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

The Hauer-King House

I came across this house in Douglas Road, Islington this morning.

The Hauer-King House

The Hauer-King House

There’s more about it here on the mimoa web site.

I bet it was a devil’s own job to get planning permission.

I’d love to have a look round.

May 25, 2015 Posted by | World | , | 2 Comments

A Trixi Mirror On The Essex Road

I saw this mirror on the traffic lights by Essex Road station a few weeks ago from the top of a bus, but it was only when I walked that way this morning, that I was able to photograph it.

A Trixi Mirror On The Essex Road

A Trixi Mirror On The Essex Road

It’s a Trixi mirror, from a company called Convex Mirrors amd is designed to protect cyclists from trucks and buses turning left, by making the driver more likely to see the rider.

May 25, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Life Just Got A Whole Lot More Complicated

Well not really, but when I come home from the Angel, I usually get a 38 bus, which goes a little bit closer to my house. But now they’ve started to Routemasterise the 73 buses.

This means I can’t be sure I can distinguish the 38s, which were Routemasterised some time ago, from the thundering red herd on the Essex Road.

New Routemasters should have a top hat, as some of the old RTs of the 1950s did.

May 25, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Transport for London Serves Up A Delicious Turkey

The local media is starting to pick up East London’s train revolution, if this article from This is Local London entitled Lower fares for overground stops that include Southbury and Turkey Street is anything to go by. I’m pleased to say that I spotted this one earlier.

It will be interesting to see if traffic goes up at stations like Southbury and Turkey Street.

I think the Overground takeover will define one of the battlefields for the next London Mayor in 2016. Who can prove they can offer most lines might come under TfL control, will gain an advantage at the ballot box.

May 25, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment