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.
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.
From Saturday 8 October, we will be trialling extended weekend daytime working hours on the site at the former Whitechapel Sports Centre astro-turf pitch. The trial will take place over four weekends, and will allow the site team additional hours over the weekend to move materials around the site and out of the acoustic shed, in order to make additional space for further materials to be brought up from the tunnels.
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.