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Whitechapel station

Whitechapel station

Located in a rich and culturally diverse area, Whitechapel station is an important interchange for both the Hammersmith & City and District lines and London Overground. The design approach will see the new Elizabeth line station weave between the existing transport services to an elevated station concourse which acts as a bridge improving community links.

Access to all interchange services will be from a spacious, new ticket hall sitting on a bridge above the Victorian railway. Entry to the station will be through the refurbished original entrance on Whitechapel High Street. To improve connectivity to the surrounding area a new second entrance will be provided at the northern end of the station.

The new station concourse will sweep from the High Street over the East-West Underground lines and above the north-south Overground lines before dipping under the road bridge at Durward Street. It continues along the course of the railway cutting where it then allows access to the new platforms.

The raised concourse perches on steel struts, resting on the brick arches of the Overground cutting. It floats in the space, allowing daylight down to the Overground platforms. Its green roof, topped with sedum plants, will dip down under a new bridge connecting it to Durward Street, and will provide several environmental benefits including improvements to air quality, noise and storm water attenuation, conservation and biodiversity.

Natural light and fresh air from the station concourse creates a calm, open, brightly-lit environment. A new public square at the northern end of the station provides a new pedestrian link to Whitechapel High Street.

Escalators down to the Elizabeth line platform at the northern end are placed in a diagonal slice through the western vent shaft building.

All this is mostly hidden from view externally, behind the existing refurbished modest Victorian station frontage on the High Street, where a widened stone-paved footway makes a forecourt, with a new concourse behind it.

A public footway will run right through the station from end to end, reconnecting people north of the station with the High Street. Also to the north, a landscaped public square will replace what is at present a surface car park.

To the west, Court Street, leading to a pedestrian bridge over the Underground tracks, will be made vehicle-fee, better paved and lit to be more welcoming. To the south, the widened pavement on Whitechapel Road will link across to the former Whitechapel Hospital.

In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail has been working with Tower Hamlets Council on proposals for improvements to the area around the station. Early proposals were published in 2014. 

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ELIZABETH LINE SERVICES FROM WHITECHAPEL

Whitechapel station will open in December 2018 when services begin through central London. Trains will terminate at Paddington in the west and Abbey Wood in the east.

When the route fully opens in December 2019, a train every two and a half minutes at peak time will allow passengers to travel all the way through to Paddington, Heathrow or Reading in the west and Shenfield or Abbey Wood in the east

KEY JOURNEY TIMES FROM WHITECHAPEL:

TO

CURRENT JOURNEY TIME

CROSSRAIL JOURNEY TIME

Bond Street

23

10

Heathrow 1-3

53

38

Canary Wharf

13

3


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Current Works

Durward Street

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Description of work:

Update on general site activity, footpath closures and night works including deliveries, gantry installation and concrete pours.

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Durward Street

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Description of work:

The section of Durward Street between Trinity Hall and Kempton Court will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles from 22 September 2014 until 2018. This will allow the construction of the new Whitechapel Station concourse.

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Durward Street

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Description of work:

Crossrail is continuing the programme of station upgrade activity in the vicinity of Whitechapel station for the remainder of the year. Our activity will primarily focus on station steel canopy installation above the London Overground and London Underground tracks running through the station. This will be supported by other upgrade activity taking place in the surrounding area including the remodelling of the former station entrance on Whitechapel Road prior to reopening in 2018.

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Durward Street

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Swanlea School Gate being used for night time deliveries to site

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Durward Street

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London Underground services will be suspended and London Overground trains will not be stopping at Whitechapel station from Saturday 19 November until Sunday 20 November. Please refer to www.tfl.gov.uk for details of alternative services. During this time Crossrail will carry out upgrade activities which, for safety reasons, must take place when the railway is not operational. This is in addition to the normal ongoing programme of works around the station. There will be a number of supporting works taking place in the two to three weeks prior to and after the closure. To help us complete our works, Court Street Bridge and the pedestrian area in front of the temporary ticket hall may close as required between the early hours of Saturday 19 November and Monday 21 November.

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Essex Wharf

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Description of work:

Following a trial of extended weekend working hours on the site at the former Whitechapel Sports Centre astro-turf pitch in October, these working hours will now continue on weekends until the completion of the current works on the site. The working hours will be from 08:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and 10:00 to 17:00 on Sunday. Our weekday working hours are 08:00 to 21:00. 24 hour working continues to take place within the acoustic shed on the site.

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Essex Wharf

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Description of work:

Crossrail’s contractor BBMV is currently constructing the new station shafts and head houses located in the Essex Wharf, Durward Street site. We will continue with our programme of works in 2016. Activities taking place in the Essex Wharf, Durward Street site will include construction of the two head houses up to three storeys above ground level in the first half of 2016, followed by external cladding. Construction of the smaller west stair shaft and head house will also continue in 2016. This will be within the site boundary adjacent to the sports centre. As in 2015, these activities will occur every day, mostly during daytime hours, with some evening and overnight work. Full details can be found in the information sheet.

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Whitechapel LU platforms

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Description of work:

Crossrail’s programme of temporary ticket hall construction in Whitechapel is now complete. From Monday 18 January 2016, the station entrance will switch to the new temporary ticket hall, which is located at the junction of Court Street and Durward Street. The normal entrance on Whitechapel Road will close until late 2018. Prior to the switchover, Court Street will reopen to pedestrians to provide convenient access to the station from Whitechapel Road. After the switchover is complete, we will begin a new programme of station upgrade activity in the vicinity of the former station entrance on Whitechapel Road. A temporary compound and gantry system will be installed in front of the former station entrance. The existing footpath in front of the station will remain in place while the majority of the work programme takes place.

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Cambridge Heath Road Work Site

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Description of work:

Crossrail will continue construction activities on the interior and exterior of the shaft and head house structure located within the Cambridge Heath Road site throughout 2016 and into 2017. An external staircase will be installed over approximately one month from 31 October 2016. Installation of tunnel systems including signalling, power and ventilation fans is also underway. There will continue to be a variety of work taking place around the clock, with lower impact works overnight.

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Brady Street worksite

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Description of work:

Works are progressing in the Crossrail tunnels below Whitechapel. We have now completed the removal of the temporary inverts (base slabs) and are continuing with works to complete the tunnel lining and install the platforms and edge screens in the station platform tunnels. This will be joined by work to install the track and utilities in the tunnels.

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