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.
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
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.
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.
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.
From 28 August 2017, we will commence reinstatement of the Whitechapel Sports Centre astro-turf pitch. The works will include excavating and removing the tarmac on site and ground compaction works. Ground compaction works will take between 5 to 10 days to complete and may generate some noticeable noise and vibration for local residents. This will be followed by laying of a new pitch and restoration of the walls and paving around the site. The pitch will then be handed back to the Sports Centre for use.
The works will take place from 08:00 to 18:00 Mondays to Fridays, and 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays until late November 2017. During these activities, support vehicles including additional heavy goods vehicles will access the site via Wodeham Gardens, Castlemain Street and Trahorn Close. Please see the linked PDF information sheet for full details.
From early September 2017, we will commence works to complete the final paving on Court Street. The works will take place at night and will include excavation and breaking of the existing ground, ground compaction and installation of the new paving. Occasional works will be carried out during the day on Sundays when local businesses are closed. Sections of the footway will be closed at night and on some Sundays during the day to facilitate these works. Access to businesses will be maintained where required and the timings of these closures may change to accommodate this. Pedestrian access along Court Street between Durward Street and Whitechapel Road will be maintained at all times. Please see the linked PDF information sheet for full details of the work areas.
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.
As part of our normal ongoing construction work at our Cambridge Heath Road site, we are conducting a programme of utility activity, including concrete breaking, around the base of the shaft building. This activity will be ongoing until late October 2017. Activity will take place between 08:00 and 18:00 on Mondays to Fridays and between 09:00 and 18:00 on Saturdays. The break out activity will be intermittent in the forthcoming weeks. As part of this programme we will also be carrying out more intensive break out activity on Thursdays and Fridays from 21 September 2017 onwards.
We previously advised that we will be carrying out drainage activity to the north-east of the Cambridge Heath site in late summer and early autumn 2017. In order to carry out these works safely, temporary changes will be made to the public footway and vehicular entrance to Sainsbury's, which leads off Cambridge Heath Road. We have revised the activity times and the majority of work will now take place during the day (instead of at night) between 08:00 and 18:00 on Mondays to Fridays and 08:00 to 17:30 on Saturdays and Sundays. Some less-intrusive elements of the activity will also take place at night. Work is scheduled to take place from 16 September 2017 for approximately three weeks. Full details of the impacts of the work are in the linked PDF information sheet.
We will be removing a temporary platform from the base of the construction shaft, located approximately 30 metres below ground level, within the acoustic shed at the Whitechapel Cambridge Heath site. The works will involve breaking out a concrete slab and removing it in pieces using an excavator and the gantry crane located within the acoustic shed on the site. Some groundborne noise and vibration may be noticeable during these works. The works will take place between 08:00 and 18:00 Monday to Saturday, and will take approximately two weeks to complete.