Whitechapel Station 'Interchange'

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


Do you support my view that Whitechapel Station is totally inadequate as an interchange? Given the uncertainties about Crossrail, are there steps that can be taken in the shorter term to improve its layout and accessibility? .


Answer for Whitechapel Station 'Interchange'

Answer for Whitechapel Station 'Interchange'

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

Whitechapel station, like many others, suffers as an interchange because of its age. However, my Interchange Plan (2002), did not identify it as one of the 108 highest priority interchanges for investment.4 different programmes should however deliver pre-Crossrail improvements at Whitechapel:· - PPP contract modernisation works by 2008· - Step-free access programme by 2009· - PPP contract reconfiguration of District/H&C platforms for journey time improvements by 2012. (All these are currently being assessed to better integrate the different programmes, which are closely inter-linked and dependent)· - East London Line extension integration/capacity works (integrated with the above programmes as far as possible)

CrossRail itself will have a very significant effect on the station's layout and interchange. Again LUL is working with Crossrail to ensure that interchange between the new line and the existing lines is optimised and that sufficient capacity is provided.Given the number of different programmes that interface here, there is clearly a need to ensure good co-ordination between them to ensure no duplication of effort or wasted investment. .