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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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