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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:

Crossrail will continue the programme of station upgrade activity in Whitechapel during the second half of 2017 and into 2018. The main structural steel has been successfully installed above Whitechapel station. The project is now focused on roof installation above the London Overground and London Underground tracks. Cladding activity, including glasswork and steel, will continue alongside this into 2018. Remodelling of the former station entrance on Whitechapel Road is ongoing prior to reopening in 2018. Mechanical and electrical installation activity will also occur throughout the station until late 2018. Various activities will take place around the clock.

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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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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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Essex Wharf

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Description of work:

Works are currently underway to reinstate the Crossrail site on the former Whitechapel Sports Centre astro-turf pitch. The new astro-turf is now in place, and remaining works on the site will include infilling sand and crumb into the astro-turf, electrical works, painting, and works to reinstate the final sections of the sports pitch boundary. We anticipate all works on the site will be completed by the end of January 2018 and weekend daytime working will occur in addition to weekday daytime hours for the remainder of the works.

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Whitechapel LU platforms

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Description of work:

We previously notified you that Court Street paving work would take place in September 2017. This work was postponed and has now been rescheduled to take place next year. From early January 2018, we will commence works to complete the final paving on Court Street.

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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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