Crossrail will continue the programme of station upgrade activity in Whitechapel during 2017. We will continue to focus on steel installation above the London Overground and London Underground tracks, which run through the station. Cladding activity and remodelling of the former station entrance on Whitechapel Road will be ongoing prior to reopening, which will take place by December 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.
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.
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 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.
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.