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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 2017. We will continue to focus on steel installation above the London Overground and London Underground tracks, which run through the station. Cladding activity and remodelling of the former station entrance on Whitechapel Road will be ongoing prior to reopening, which will take place by December 2018. Various activities will continue to 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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Durward Street

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Description of work:

Concrete cutting and breaking intermittently on the new concourse; some of which will be at night

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Essex Wharf

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Description of work:

We will continue our programme of work at the Essex Wharf, Durward Street site in 2017. Activities taking place in the Essex Wharf, Durward Street site will include concrete construction of the station head houses by Spring 2017. We will primarily focus on fit-out activity, including installing mechanical and electrical components, lifts and escalators. External cladding activities will continue to take place until Summer 2017. Some sections of this activity will take place at night because of its proximity to the live railway and due to other logistical constraints which are present during the day. Louvres and the shaft roof will be installed during the second half of the year. Internal fit-out activity, which includes block work, mechanical and electrical and other finishing work will continue throughout 2017. We will continue to use a section of neighbouring Swanlea School’s grounds and the school gate on Brady Street.

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Essex Wharf

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Description of work:

Work to backfill the additional access shafts located on the former Whitechapel Sports Centre astro-turf pitch has been extended and will now continue until late May 2017. This is due to work occurring at a more gradual pace than anticipated. The work will involve completely filling the shafts up with material. Backfill material will be delivered to the site by lorries travelling via Vallance Road, Wodeham Gardens, Castlemain Street and Trahorn Close. There will be approximately three of these deliveries to the site on our working days until late May 2017. This work will occur during the hours of 08:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday only. Parking bay suspensions will continue to be required on Wodeham Gardens, Castlemain Street and Trahorn Close and their duration has been extended. Full details of the suspensions can be found in the PDF.

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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 2017 and into 2018. The previously announced staircase construction was postponed and resumes from January 2017. The staircase has been produced off-site and will be lifted into place over approximately one month. 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 and some work on Sundays.

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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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