Whitechapel station

The UK’s Transport for London (TfL) has announced that the redevelopment of the 140-year old Whitechapel London Overground and Underground station has started, in preparation for Crossrail services starting in 2018.

As part of this project, the new Crossrail platforms will be integrated with the existing station, and the ticket hall will be expanded with wider pathways and more ticket gates to offer less crowded experience for customers.

Upon completion, TfL-run Crossrail will provide more frequent journeys between Whitechapel and stations to Reading in the west, and further east out to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in Essex.

Following completion of the work, new lifts will be installed connecting all platforms from street level to provide step-free access.

It is reported that from 18 January, passengers will have to use a temporary entrance to access the station located on the corner of Durward Street and Court Street.

The redevelopment will also see improvements carried out to the area around the station with a pedestrian crossing relocated closer to the temporary station entrance to give customers better access.

"Crossrail will radically transform journeys or people across London and out to Essex and Berkshire."

TfL noted that some London Overground services between Highbury & Islington and Shadwell and between Surrey Quays to New Cross will also be suspended from 13 to 21 February.

TfL Crossrail operations director Howard Smith said: "Crossrail will radically transform journeys or people across London and out to Essex and Berkshire. It will help serve London’s growing population and support thousands of new jobs and homes.

"People living or working in Whitechapel will benefit from convenient, step-free journeys to new parts of London without the need to change trains.

"When the work is complete, customers will have a brighter, more spacious station with a bigger ticket hall and lift access to all train platforms from street level. In the meantime, we are doing everything possible to keep disruption for our customers to an absolute minimum."

When the central Crossrail section opens in 2018, travelling from Whitechapel to Canary Wharf will take around three minutes and to Tottenham Court Road will take around seven minutes.

Image: The entrance to Whitechapel station. Photo: courtesy of Bleakcomb via Wikipedia.