Whitechapel's £250m transport interchange


While Brockley struggles to install a handrail for the new steps leading to the station ticket office, Whitechapel Station is being remodelled as part of a £250m project, which will create a new interchange between the East London Line, the District Line, the Hammersmith and City Line and Crossrail, when it opens in 2017.

Aedas and Mott MacDonald are working on the design solutions, but these are the concept visuals they have released. The project highlights the fact that the East London Line will connect directly with Crossrail, creating an important new transport hub and a host of new public transport options for Brockley commuters.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks good, but £250 million, my goodness, for £250 million Lewisham could put up half a dozen towerblocks and remodel road layouts!

Anonymous said...

or could they?

Matt-Z said...

It's a bold design. If it gets built like that it transform the station and area around.

In the meantime the rubbish interchange facilities at Whitechapel are going to get shown up when the ELL reopens, presumably with greatly increased passenger numbers.

Richard Elliot said...

Disappointing that our own station isn't getting the same treatment, but connections are what it is all about. More intersections for the East London line are a good thing.

patrick1971 said...

Looks great, but where is all this development going to happen? Whitechapel Station is a small, narrow building. Are they going to roof over the railway, or build behind the current building somehow?

Tamsin said...

Gosh, a far cry from when there were rail-strikes in the 1980s and all the commuters from SE London were converging on East London Line at New Cross and New Cross Gate at a time when Whitechapel was having some works done. I have a recollection of a very cheerful young policeman with a megaphone doing his best to direct the shuffling metropolis-like crowds "Good morning! all you lucky commuters. Enjoy your ride in the cattle-trucks this morning?"

Anonymous said...

Ah more models,Its the doing there not very good at.

Tamsin said...

Models can be counter productive. I am sure that the modern lousy design of some trains (were the window placement is such that you have the sun beating in on the side of your face but can only look out at the passing view if you turn completely sideways, looking forward at 45 degrees, which would be normal and you have the carriage wall between windows) is because the original "concept drawings" showed windows with the complete side view of a passenger inside and this placing got carried through and carried through, without anybody actually thinking of what humans would want and do (as with the pending muddy path up the bank).

Anonymous said...

aaah so that's why the surrey canal station can't be built! the money has been allocated to whitechapel

Danja said...

I think Surrey Canal can't be built because Boris is spending the money on not extending the congestion zone.

Anonymous said...

Let the congestion zone be every where,I haven't got a car

boxy said...

It would be useful to do an audit of how Boris reign has affected the various parts of London. The net effect on S.E London in particular. Some trees in Burgess part, the roving public piano, he visited the quaggy, can anyone add anymore?

Monkeyboy said...

My ELL spies tell me that trains will be running in January for trials/commisioning with a view to introducing passenger service on the 23rd April 2010. Earlier than thought. Mind you I've also also heard of less inspiring timescales.

Finland Freak said...

I wonder if Lewisham could install and ramp and handrails with £250m?

The Oracle said...

4BrockleyNick.

Crossrail stations get green light to sink shafts ready for tunnels

03 March 2010
By Mike Brooke

NOTICES for ‘advance engineering’ have been lodged today for five Crossrail stations planned across central London and the East End, ready for tunnelling work for the £16 billion project.

The ‘advance’ work includes sinking huge shafts into the ground, lining them with ‘diaphragm’ walling and excavating millions of tonnes of soil and disposing of it. In some cases it also involves diverting mains cables and sewers.

The key station for the ‘super tube’ connecting Heathrow with the City and Canary Wharf is at Whitechapel in London’s East End, one of the five stations listed today for ‘advance’ engineering work.

Whitechapel is where the line splits into two going east, one branch to Canary Wharf and under the Thames to Abbey Wood, the other to Stratford and out to Essex.

It will become a major transport hub connecting Crossrail with the newly-extended East London Line and the Underground.

Two of the Crossrail stations are planned in the City ‘square mile,’ the main hub being Liverpool Street connecting the main-line National Rail terminal for the East Coast. The other is at Farringdon. The two in the West End are Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street.

All the Crossrail stations in central London will interchange with the Underground system.

Once the station excavation work is complete, the twin tunnelling can start, burrowing deep under London from Canary Wharf through the City and West End to Paddington, where Crossrail breaks surface and continues out to Heathrow and Maidenhead.

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