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All change at Whitechapel

By Juliet Whitcombe

All change at Whitechapel

Whitechapel is a vibrant cornerstone community in the heart of east London. The arrival of Crossrail in 2018 will further define the area, making it an important rail hub serving Crossrail, District and Hammersmith & City lines and London Overground services.

Crossrail will provide Whitechapel residents with new fast and frequent train services, easier access to the West End, north and south London and for the first time, a direct rail link to Heathrow airport. In addition, the existing Whitechapel station will be extensively modernised with step-free access between the street and all of the station’s services.

The remodelled Whitechapel station has been designed to enhance the historic features of the old station while incorporating natural light. The station will maintain the entrance from Whitechapel Road . The station will also have a pedestrian walkway from Durward Street to Whitechapel Road.

Facilities, which currently allow Hammersmith & City and District line trains to reverse at Whitechapel, will be relocated to West Ham in order to create space for the existing platforms to be reconfigured into a single island. This will accommodate new stairs, escalators and lifts to take passengers from the new ticket hall to the sub-surface platforms 30m below ground.