Station handover

Following the successful delivery by Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and VINCI Construction (BBMV), Crossrail has handed over the Whitechapel Elizabeth Line station to Transport for London


The new Whitechapel Elizabeth Line station will see thousands of commuters pass through each day, providing quicker, easier and more convenient travel across London.

In addition, the joint venture successfully delivered the tunnelling works at both Whitechapel Elizabeth Line and Liverpool Street stations; delving beneath the ground to excavate 60,000m³ of material.

Whitechapel Elizabeth Line station is acknowledged as one of the most complex and challenging stations on the Crossrail project. The new station concourse was constructed on a bridge consisting of 2,800 tonnes of structural steelwork, above the existing station and two operational railway lines – the London Overground and London Underground.

Commenting on the handover, Mark Wild, Crossrail Chief Executive acknowledged the achievement, saying: “The whole team at Whitechapel has done a fantastic job weaving between the existing operational transport services to create this incredible new Elizabeth Line station.”

Passengers will access the new station through the sensitively restored original entrance on Whitechapel High Street, opened in 1876. The new station has ten lifts and three escalators and will, for the first time, provide step-free access to improve accessibility for those visiting the renowned Royal London Hospital and the surrounding area.