Hackney Central railway station

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Template:Use British English Template:Infobox London station Hackney Central railway station is a railway station on the North London Line in an area of the London Borough of Hackney known as Hackney Central in east London. It is between Template:Stnlnk (to the west) and Template:Stnlnk (to the east), in Travelcard Zone 2. The station and all trains serving it are operated by London Overground.

The station is a short walk from Template:Stnlnk, on the Greater Anglia route from Template:LUL stations. The former station building is now a bar and music venue.


The North London Railway opened a station named Hackney on 26 September 1850, located 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, 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.<ref name=Brown>Template:Cite book</ref>

On 12 May 1980 the station was reopened, this time being named Hackney Central, albeit located a little to the west of the 1870 station. The 1870 station building 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 Amhurst Road.

As part of the programme to introduce four-car trains on the London Overground network, the North London Line between Template:Stnlnk and Template:LUL stations 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.<ref name="nll-closure">Template:Cite press release</ref> This affected usage statistics for those years as shown in the infobox.


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London Overground Template:Brc Capitalstar unit 378005 approaches Hackney Central. Units such as this operate all services at the station.

The typical service at the station is 4 trains per hour westbound to Template:LUL stations via Template:LUL stations, Template:Stnlnk and Template:LUL stations, 2 trains per hour westbound to Clapham Junction and 6 trains per hour eastbound to Template:LUL stations. 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.


Hackney Central is a proposed stop on the Chelsea-Hackney Line, also known as Crossrail 2. It would be between Template:Stnlnk and Template:Stnlnk. The platforms would be underground, with a connection to the existing surface station. It would connect the station and the borough to the London Underground for the first time ever, although the East London Line was supposed to bring the Underground to Hackney but now it is part of the London Overground network.

Transport links

London bus routes 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 254, 277, 394, D6, W15, night routes N38, N55 and N253.

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External links


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