A £25 million redevelopment of Hackney Wick station on the London Overground’s North London Line has been completed.
The principal funder for the project is the London Legacy Development Corporation – an organisation which was set up in 2012 to deliver a positive physical legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The footbridge at Hackney Wick has been replaced by a new underpass which runs north-south beneath the railway. A new ticket hall has also been built with new stairwells and lifts providing access to the station platforms.
Tower Hamlets Council and Hackney Council, which have both provided £1 million for the scheme, hope the station’s redevelopment will boost employment and housing in the area.
Hackney Wick was officially opened by Sir Peter Hendy CBE, chair of Network Rail and London Legacy Development Corporation, on 24 May.
Sir Peter Hendy CBE, chair of Network Rail, said: “This is not only a timely investment for the increasing number of passengers who use the station every day, but it’s also a boost to the local economy and community.
“This upgrade will bring new homes and businesses to the area as well as support the existing ones to thrive even further. Passengers can access services and local businesses more quickly and easily than before and it’s clear to see how this station will play a vital role in the transformation of this area of east London.”
Rosanna Lawes, executive director of development at London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “The redevelopment of Hackney Wick Station forms the first phase part of the overall delivery of a vibrant new mixed-use neighbourhood centre for the area.
“Over the coming years, we will work with Tower Hamlets Council and Hackney Council to deliver Hackney Wick Central; a new development providing low-cost studios, new employment space, retail and community facilities, and around 900 new homes.
“It’s fantastic to see the Wick’s industrial heritage in buildings and the waterways reflected in the design of the revamped station, which will serve not only the existing community but all those attracted to the new homes and jobs being created.”
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