Mapping the Development of

Step-free Access Across

London’s Rail Network

Step-Free London

Mapping the Development of

Step-free Access Across

London’s Rail Network

Whitechapel Open Day

In preparation for the Elizabeth Line’s highly anticipated launch this December, Crossrail Ltd is holding a series of Open Days at each of the new stations. These have already been held at Custom House, Canary Wharf, Farringdon, and most recently, Whitechapel. Whitechapel’s event is so far the only one held on the weekend, and so I had the pleasure of checking out the colossal station. 

Whitechapel will soon become a major interchange station between the District/H&C lines, the Overground, and the Elizabeth Line. All of these lines will gain full step-free access, along with level boarding, via a gigantic above-ground structure that will span the whole length of the Overground platforms. In total, the station will feature 10 lifts.

The new Whitechapel station

Owing to its complexity, it was reported that Whitechapel had had some delays in construction, raising fears that the station would not open with the rest of the line. Indeed, recently there has been much talk about the Elizabeth Line’s opening date, with sources either doubting or confirming the project’s punctuality.

Admittedly, comparing my visit to Whitechapel (shown in the gallery below) to Geoff Marshall’s visit to Farringdon last month, it is clear that Whitechapel is slightly behind in terms of its finishing touches, including cladding, art installation and signage.

Nevertheless, these issues could be resolved fairly quickly and from what I heard from Crossrail engineers on-site, the opening day is still set for December.

You can see some pictures of the event below.


  1. I thought I’d read that Whitechapel would only be step free from overground & crossrail platforms not tube

    1. There will be lifts coming down from the upper level of the crossrail station down to the District/H&C line platforms, so the whole of the station will have step-free access and level boarding.

  2. It’s now May 2021, have any lifts been installed and working from the H & C line to street level? (This question refers to Whitechapel station)

    1. The new station building, which houses the new lifts to the overground, district, and h&c lines, has yet to open, but it may open before the launch of the Elizabeth line

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