|Whitechapel ticket hall|
The new ticket hall cum concourse will also form a new route north-south from Whitechapel Road for the locals.
The roof of the ticket hall is a "green roof" topped with sedum plants which gives benefits for biodiversity, conservation, and noise reduction.
The escalators are still being installed, they're in but not finished so no step-free access yet. Instead visitors had to take the 164 steps (according to the information supplied with the invitation ticket) down to platform level. I didn't count them but it did feel like it on the way back up!
It's the equivalent of a fifteen storey building. (That's an "in joke" the explanation for which can be found here. 😉Once at platform level visitors were able to explore and take photos and ask questions. Parts of two of the platforms were open, one a little more finished than the other, also the cross passages, and the bottom "landing" area of the three escalators.
Cross passage showing wide curved corners to ease passenger flows.
New purple roundels!
Slightly less finished platform.
As I was coming out transport video blogger Geoff Marshal was going in so for a much better look at the station than I can give you I suggest you check out his Youtube Channel where the video he was making today is now online.
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