From Monday 29 January, we will begin works to remove the gantry structure located at the former Whitechapel station entrance. This will be followed by scaffolding erection to enable the reinstatement of heritage brickwork. The disassembly and scaffolding works will mostly take place at night under footway closures, before reverting to daytime hours for the reinstatement. From approximately late March, work will also begin to reinstate the area currently occupied by the larger roadside compound in front of the former Whitechapel station entrance on Whitechapel Road.
Crossrail will continue the programme of station upgrade activity in Whitechapel during 2018. We will continue to focus on completing the station envelope to allow internal fit-out works throughout the concourse, platforms and station buildings. This includes, but is not limited to, the canopy roof installation above the London Underground tracks and the roof and cladding works along the concourse, above the London Overground tracks. Remodelling of the former station entrance on Whitechapel Road will be on-going prior to reopening which is scheduled for the latter part of 2018. Various activities will continue to 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.
The structure of the head houses is now complete, and we will be focusing on internal and external fit-out activities this year. We will commence the installation of lifts and escalators and anticipate this will be completed by mid-2018, along with the remaining architectural installation. Mechanical and electrical installation will also continue during the first half of 2018, ready for railway systems to be brought into use. Most activity will continue to occur in the daytime with some lower impact activity programmed to take place 24 hours a day throughout the week. Activities adjacent to the London Overground will take place between 00:30 and 05:30 when the railway is not operational. We will continue to use a section of neighbouring Swanlea School’s grounds for access outside school hours.
From Monday 19 February until May 2018, we will install the permanent drainage utilities around the Durward Street Shaft. These works will involve intermittent concrete breaking, ground excavation and compaction within our Durward Street site compound.
Earlier this year, we began works to complete the final paving on Court Street. From 25 March, we will resume these works to complete paving in remaining sections of the street. The works will take place on Sundays between 09:00 and 17:00 with occasional works carried out at night on Saturdays when local businesses are closed.
Crossrail will continue its programme of construction activities at the Cambridge Heath site until late 2018. Activities will include architectural, mechanical and electrical fit-out on the exterior and interior of the shaft structure, as well as signalling, power and ventilation works within the shaft and tunnels below. The majority of work will take place during the daytime but some work will continue to occur around the clock, with lower impact works overnight and some work on Sundays.