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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 worked with Tower Hamlets Council on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.

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KEY FACTS

  • Brightly lit, large ticket hall
  • Step-free from street to platform
  • 240 metre long platforms
  • Bright underground spaces with curved sweeping corners to ease passenger fl ow
  • Full height platform screen doors to separate people from tracks
  • 99,000 passengers per day on the Elizabeth line (peak, from 2019)
  • 24 trains per hour (peak, from 2019)
  • Interchange: District, Hammersmith & City, London Overground

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.

Current Works

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:

From Monday 29 January, we will begin works to remove the gantry structure located at the former Whitechapel station entrance. This will be followed by scaffolding erection to enable the reinstatement of heritage brickwork. The disassembly and scaffolding works will mostly take place at night under footway closures, before reverting to daytime hours for the reinstatement. From approximately late March, work will also begin to reinstate the area currently occupied by the larger roadside compound in front of the former Whitechapel station entrance on Whitechapel Road.

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Durward Street

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Description of work:

Crossrail will continue the programme of station upgrade activity in Whitechapel during 2018. We will continue to focus on completing the station envelope to allow internal fit-out works throughout the concourse, platforms and station buildings. This includes, but is not limited to, the canopy roof installation above the London Underground tracks and the roof and cladding works along the concourse, above the London Overground tracks. Remodelling of the former station entrance on Whitechapel Road will be on-going prior to reopening which is scheduled for the latter part of 2018. Various activities will continue to take place around the clock.

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Durward Street

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Description of work:

We have now completed the trial holes and initial ground excavation elements for drainage installation in Winthrop Street, however due to unforeseen circumstances, the remaining elements of this work have been on hold over the past few weeks. We now intend to carry out the remainder of these works from late July to late August 2018. For safety reasons and because of the proximity to the live railway, some elements of the work will need to take place at night when the trains are not running.

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Essex Wharf

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Description of work:

The structure of the head houses is now complete, and we will be focusing on internal and external fit-out activities this year. We will commence the installation of lifts and escalators and anticipate this will be completed by mid-2018, along with the remaining architectural installation. Mechanical and electrical installation will also continue during the first half of 2018, ready for railway systems to be brought into use. Most activity will continue to occur in the daytime with some lower impact activity programmed to take place 24 hours a day throughout the week. Activities adjacent to the London Overground will take place between 00:30 and 05:30 when the railway is not operational. We will continue to use a section of neighbouring Swanlea School’s grounds for access outside school hours.

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Cambridge Heath Road Work Site

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Description of work:

Crossrail will continue its programme of construction activities at the Cambridge Heath site until late 2018. Activities will include architectural, mechanical and electrical fit-out on the exterior and interior of the shaft structure, as well as signalling, power and ventilation works within the shaft and tunnels below. The majority of work will take place during the daytime but some work will continue to occur around the clock, with lower impact works overnight and some work on Sundays.

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