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.
London Overground services will be suspended at Whitechapel station on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2017. London Underground services will remain operational and trains will be stopping at Whitechapel Station during this time. During the closure Crossrail will carry out upgrade activities which, for safety reasons, must take place when the railway is not fully operational. Activities will include roofing, paving, removal of temporary structures/surfaces and cable pulling. The cable pulling activity might be audible to local residents as it will involve verbal communication and commands. This is in addition to the normal ongoing programme of work around the station.
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.
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.
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.
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.