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Work is underway on a £25 million scheme to transform Hackney Wick Overground station and deliver major improvements for Londoners and businesses in the surrounding area.
Network Rail is delivering the project, on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which will see a new subway running north to south beneath the existing railway line replacing the existing footbridge and opening up new pedestrian and cycle links from Wallis Road through to White Post Lane. The subway, currently being built on land next to the station, will be driven into position in spring 2017. The station is due to be complete in January 2018.
Tower Hamlets Council and Hackney Council have both contributed £1m towards the refurbishment of the station which is expected to generate opportunities including new jobs, investment and affordable housing.
Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said:
“It’s fantastic that Hackney Wick will have a new and improved station to be proud of and it’s clear this much-needed upgrade will play a vital role in the transformation of this area of east London. New pedestrian and cycle links will be a major boost to the area, improving accessibility and journeys for thousands of passengers travelling to and from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”
David Goldstone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:
“Improving connections in Hackney Wick is vital to support the regeneration of the area and is a key feature of the Hackney Wick masterplan. The new subway will help to open up the area for local people and support the businesses that are moving here. The much needed improvements to the station come just as new homes start to be built at East Wick and Sweetwater and more jobs are created at Here East and in the surrounding area.”
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said:
“This is a complete transformation of an area that will provide a vital link for the community and businesses in Hackney Wick and support economic growth. This is being project managed by Network Rail as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, with the funding provided by the GLA and the London Legacy Development Corporation.”
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business and Investment, Hackney Council, said:
“The redevelopment of Hackney Wick Overground station is a timely investment into an important public transport link for local residents and the local creative business community. The new Hackney Wick station is designed to meet the increasing numbers of rail users, it will have step free access and alongside the new station create a new public square. This investment has been possible only because of the collaborative joint venture between Hackney and Tower Hamlets Councils, the London Legacy Development Corporation, the Mayor of London, Network Rail and Transport for London.”
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“The investment Tower Hamlets Council is putting into Hackney Wick Station is part of our commitment to grow the area into a thriving part of our borough, offering new opportunities to our residents and businesses. The regeneration of Hackney Wick will not only help generate new jobs and economic opportunities but will also provide desperately needed affordable housing.”
Jon Fox, TfL’s Director of London Rail, said:
“The transformation of Hackney Wick London Overground station will bring huge benefits to customers and local residents. Since we began operating services in 2007, we have taken under-used parts of the urban network and brought them back into full use. It is now one of the most popular and punctual railways in the country with stations brought up to modern standards, with CCTV, better security, a turn up and go service for disabled customers and staff present at every station while trains are running. ”