BOUND TO provoke a “Why didn’t they do this long ago?” response, a walkway has been installed between Hackney Central and Downs stations.
Our dozy Transportmeisters have finally got around to connecting the hubs. A 210m-long, CCTV-watched and night-lit covered footbridge now connects Amhurst Road’s HackCen with Dalston Lane’s HackDowns station, cutting the gap by 400m and saving commuters between two and five minutes. And unlike Dalston Kingsland station, the link is wheelchair and buggy-accessible.
TfL, Network Rail and Hackney Council coughed up the funding, hence some statements of the obvious were issued in the name of Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe, including: “This new interchange is another transport project we have supported that helps make getting about the borough as easy as possible for both residents and visitors alike.”
Pipe notices that the walkway will be a “great benefit to passengers” changing lines.
Somehow money was also found for a children’s playground on the adjacent Aspland and Marcon estates. When our leaders try, don’t they do well? All that remains is for them to fulfil the need for a link between Dalston Kingsland and Junction stations.
Hamish Scott 130815
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