Hackney Central railway station

Hackney Central London Overground
Hackney Central
Location of Hackney Central in Greater London
Location Hackney Central
Local authority London Borough of Hackney
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code HKC
DfT category D
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 2
OSI Hackney Downs London Overground National Rail [2]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2007–08 Increase 1.906 million[3]
2008–09 Decrease 1.564 million[3]
2009–10 Decrease 1.344 million[3]
2010–11 Increase 1.945 million[3]
2011–12 Increase 3.360 million[3]
2012–13 Increase 4.481 million[3]
2013–14 Increase 5.311 million[3]
2014–15 Increase 5.708 million[3]
Key dates
1850 Opened as Hackney
1870 Relocated west
1944 Closed
1980 Reopened as Hackney Central
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WGS84 51°32′49″N 0°03′21″W / 51.547°N 0.0559°W / 51.547; -0.0559Coordinates: 51°32′49″N 0°03′21″W / 51.547°N 0.0559°W / 51.547; -0.0559
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Hackney Central is a station on the North London Line in Hackney Central within the London Borough of Hackney, Greater London. It is between Dalston Kingsland (to the west) and Homerton (to the east), in Travelcard Zone 2.[4] The station and all trains serving it are operated by National Rail London Overground services under the control of the London Rail division of Transport for London, however there is no standard red National Rail "double arrow" logo signage located at the station, instead only the Overground roundel.[5]

The station is connected to Hackney Downs with a direct passenger walkway linking the two stations (replacing an earlier such link) that was opened in July 2015. This walkway means passengers do not have to exit on to the street in order to continue their onward journey.[6]


The North London Railway opened a station named Hackney on 26 September 1850, to the east of Mare Street. It closed on 1 December 1870 and was replaced the same day by a station to the west of Mare Street,designed by Edwin Henry Horne and also named Hackney. This station passed in due course to the London and North Western Railway and later on to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, which closed the entire North London Line east of Dalston Junction to passenger traffic in 1944.[7]

On 12 May 1980 the station was reopened by British Rail, this time named Hackney Central, a little to the west of the 1870 station. The 1870 station building designed by Edwin Henry Horne is no longer in use by the railway, but is one of only two examples of North London Railway architecture still in situ, the other being Camden Road station, which is still open. Access to the modern Hackney Central station is from an alleyway adjacent to the 1870 building on Mare Street, as well as a more direct access from Amherst Road.

The former station building is now a bar and music venue.[8]

Line Improvement

As part of the programme to introduce four-car trains on the London Overground network, the North London Line between Gospel Oak and Stratford closed in February 2010, and reopened on 1 June 2010. This was to enable the installation of a new signalling system and the extension of platforms across the network. Engineering work continued until May 2011, during which reduced services operated and Sunday services were suspended.[9]


London Overground Class 378 Capitalstar unit 378005 approaches Hackney Central. Units such as this operate all services at the station.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:

The maintenance work on the North London Line was completed in May 2011 has enabled extra services to run all day which have replaced the additional shuttle trains running between Camden Road and Stratford stations in the morning and evening peaks.[10]

Future Proposals

Crossrail 2

Hackney Central is a proposed stop on Crossrail 2. It would be between Angel and Tottenham Hale or Seven Sisters.[11] The platforms would be underground, with a connection to the existing surface station. It would connect the station and the borough to the Crossrail network, although the East London Line was supposed to bring the London Underground firstly to Hackney but now it is part of the London Overground network.

Docklands Light Railway

In February 2006 the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Horizon 2020 report, had suggested that the DLR be extended here from Bow Church via Old Ford and Homerton, taking over the old parts of the North London Line to link up Poplar and Canary Wharf.[12] However, most of the former North London Line between Hackney Wick and Bow Church has been built on. .


London Bus routes 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 254, 276, 277, 394 and W15 and night routes N38, N55 and N253 serve the station.[13][14]


  1. "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015.
  2. "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  4. Transport for London (January 2016). Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 January 2015.
  5. "London Overground Signs Standard – Issue 3" (PDF). Transport for London. 3 August 2009. p. 18. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  6. "New bridge to cut commute between Hackney Downs and Central".
  7. Brown, Joe (2009). London Railway Atlas. Hersham: Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-3397-9.
  8. "Hackney gets a new music venue, restaurant and bar in Oslo". TimeOut London. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  9. "London Overground to close from Gospel Oak to Stratford as part of £326m upgrade to deliver longer, more frequent trains" (Press release). Transport for London. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  10. 1 2 3 4 "Richmond/Clapham Junction to Stratford timetable" (PDF). Transport for London. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  11. "Crossrail 2 June 2014". TfL Consultations Portal. Transport for London. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  12. Docklands Light Railway Ltd. - DLR Horizon 2020 Study Business Case Appraisal
  13. "Buses from Hackney Central" (PDF). Transport for London. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  14. "Night buses from Hackney Central" (PDF). Transport for London. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
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