The Anonymous Widower

Hackney Downs Station To Go Step-Free

This document on the Government web site is entitled Access for All: 73 Stations Set To Benefit From Additional Funding.

Hackney Downs station, which I use regularly is on the list.

In Is Hackney Downs Station A Suitable Case For Treatment?, I mused at the possibilities for the station, after a chance meeting with an architect, surveyor or planner from Transport for London at the station, who had just had a look behind the locked doors at the station.

Let’s hope that if there is something worth preserving behind those forbidding brick walls!

Other than the obvious step-free access, my ideas for the station would include.

  • Better use of the rooms on the platforms.
  • A couple of enclosed waiting rooms.
  • Improved bus stop locations.
  • A light-controlled crossing outside the station.

But the biggest opportunities would surely be opened up, if London Overground’s services were reorganised.

At present, the station has the following services in trains per hour (tph)

  • Liverpool Street and Chesthunt – two tph
  • Liverpool Street and Chingford – four tph
  • Liverpool Street and Enfield Town – two tph

Plans also exist to increase the Enfield Town services to four tph.

These are not overly high frequency services compared to some services in London.

In Could London Overground Extend To Hertford East Station?, I speculated on  a rumour that Hertford East services would be given to the London Overground.

If this does happen, I believe that some local services would have to terminate in the High Meads Loop under the Eastfield shopping centre at Stratford.

In the other post I say this.

If as I proposed the following trains run through Seven Sisters station.

  • Two tph between Liverpool Street and Cheshunt/Broxbourne or Hertford East.
  • Two tph between Stratford and Cheshunt/Broxbourne or Hertford East.
  • Two tph between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town.
  • Two tph between Stratford and Enfield Town.

This means that Hackney Downs would have the following services.

  • Two tph between Liverpool Street and Cheshunt/Broxbourne or Hertford East.
  • Two tph between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town.
  • Four tph between Liverpool Street and Chingford.

Would it not be more efficient, if all of these services used the slow tracks into Liverpool Street?

This would give the expresses exclusive use of the fast lines into Liverpool Street.

It’s probably a naive analysis, but I believe services at Hackney Downs station could well include regular services between Liverpool Street and Broxbourne/Hertford East.


Step-free access at Hackney Downs station could be part of a package, that sees extra services and destinations added to the station.


April 6, 2019 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. Hackney Downs Station already has a step free route to Hackney Central Station from its eastern Southbound platform so done properly it should be possible to combine Hackney Central and Hackney Downs Stations inti a fully integrated step free interchange linking east to west services at Hackney Central to. North to south Services at Hackney Downs Station.

    Comment by Melvyn | April 6, 2019 | Reply

  2. […] Hackney Downs station is also on the latest list of stations to be made step-free as I reported in Hackney Downs Station To Go Step-Free. […]

    Pingback by Will Hackney Central Station Get A Second Entrance? « The Anonymous Widower | October 3, 2019 | Reply

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