Work has begun to transform Whitechapel station ahead of the start of Crossrail services in 2018.

The station will be made step-free, the ticket hall will be expanded and the new Crossrail platforms will be integrated with the existing Tube and London Overground services.

Once the work is complete in late 2018, new lifts from street level to all train platforms will make the station fully accessible. The ticket hall will also be refurbished and expanded with wider pathways and more ticket gates.

CGIs of the new-look Whitechapel station when Crossrail arrives

The station will be closed at the weekend (January 16-17) and a new temporary entrance on the corner of Durward Street and Court Street will be in operation from Monday.

Improvements will also be made to the area around the station. Court Street will be pedestrianised. A pedestrian crossing will be relocated closer to the temporary station entrance and Cycle Superhighway 2 is also being upgraded and is due to be completed in the spring.

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

CGIs of the new-look Whitechapel station when Crossrail arrives

As part of Crossrail work, some London Overground services will be part suspended between Highbury & Islington and Shadwell and between Surrey Quays to New Cross from Saturday, February 13, until Sunday, February 21.

With Crossrail in place, travelling from Whitechapel to Canary Wharf will take around three minutes and to Tottenham Court Road will take around seven minutes.

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