Crossrail revamp for Whitechapel

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    Work begins this week on the redevelopment of the 140-year-old Whitechapel London Overground and Underground station in preparation for Crossrail.

    New Crossrail platforms, which are located in new tunnels to the north of Whitechapel station, will be integrated with the existing station. The ticket hall will also be expanded and lifts will be installed connecting all platforms from street level.

    From January 18, passengers will have to use a temporary entrance to access the station as the project ramps up.

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

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    Howard Smith, TfL’s operations director of Crossrail, 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.”

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