UK Network Rail has announced that work is now underway on a £25m scheme to transform Hackney Wick Overground station in London.
The project is being delivered on behalf of the London Legacy Development , which also comprises major improvements for residents and businesses in the surrounding area.
London Legacy Development chief executive David Goldstone 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.”
Architect Landolt Brown has released new images of the station, which is set to feature a new entrance and ticket hall at ground floor that will have coloured concrete walls, illuminated glass, new stairs and two new lifts.
Network Rail route managing director for Anglia Richard Schofield 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.”
A new subway running north to south beneath the existing railway line will be built, replacing the existing footbridge.
This will open up new pedestrian and cycle links from Wallis Road through to White Post Lane.
The subway is currently being built on land next to the station, and planned to be placed into position this year, while the station is due for completion in January next year.
Tower Hamlets Council and Hackney Council have both contributed £1m towards refurbishment of the station.