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Will Whitechapel Station Have The Widest Platform On The Underground?

I took this picture across the island platform for the Sub Surface Lines at Whitechapel station, this morning.

It will certainly be a wide platform, when the station is completed.

It is also shown on this map from carto metro of the lines through the station.


  1. Crossrail is shown in purple.
  2. The Overground is shown  in orange.
  3. The Sub Surface Lines are shown in green and red.

Platforms 1 and 2 form a very wide island platform.

The station is unique in that three full-size high-capacity and high-frequency lines connect at the station.

  • Crossrail – East-West – 24 tph – 1,500 passengers per train.
  • Sub Surface Lines – East-West – 21 tph – 1209 passengers per train
  • Overground – North-South – 16 tph – 170 passengers per train

A lot of passengers will change trains at Whitechapel station, so the spacious platform will be useful.

Will passengers also use the platform to reverse direction.

The quickest way between Liverpool Street and Blackfriars stations is to get a Circle Line train, but passengers could go two stops on a Hammersmith and City train to Whitechapel, walk across the platform and then take the District Line to Victoria.

Alternatively, you could take Crossrail to Whitechapel to get the District Line.

But the latter is in the advanced course on Ducking and Diving.


August 10, 2021 - Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. Not sure why anyone in their right mind would go from Liverpool Street to Blackfrairs via Whitechapel!

    Comment by JoMo | August 10, 2021 | Reply

    • You’d be surprised the routes passengers take.

      Comment by AnonW | August 10, 2021 | Reply

    • Whitechapel Station is just one of several stations where cross platform interchange provides both useful step free interchange for wheelchair users and can save a lot of walking up and down stairs to change trains.

      Passengers wanting the circle line at Liverpool Street Station often board a H&C train by mistake and the easy solution is to tell them to get off at Whitechapel and cross the platform and board a train not going to Hammersmith!

      It’s worth remembering the old layout at Whitechapel which had separate platforms with trains running in the space now occupied by the wide platform!

      I do wonder if station upgrades on the subsurface lines might include more stations like Whitechapel with a wide central platform and tracks either side allowing installation of escalators and lifts serving a single wide platform. This could begin with stations where former reversing points have been removed with stations like Mansion House coming to mind , in fact moving the entrance at Mansion House Station to the opposite end of the platform pwould space out stations better along this stretch of line !

      The wide middle platform layout seems to be more standard on foreign metros but not in London!

      Comment by Melvyn | August 10, 2021 | Reply

      • Central, Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria Lines have a lot of central stations. But these are young lines compared to the Sub Surface. Once built they must be very difficult to change.

        Comment by AnonW | August 10, 2021

  2. I think the quickest and most reliable way from Liverpool St. to Blackfriars is to take any Circle, Met’ or H&S train to Farringdon and then any Thameslink train to Blackfriars. In that direction it is essentially a cross platform change at Farringdon, with a just a few steps between the different platform levels.

    Of course if one’s purpose of going to Blackfriars was to board a southbound Thameslink train then the chance is 75% that you can just board it at Farringdon.

    I researched and successfully made the connection many years ago to go Liverpool Street to Brighton.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | August 10, 2021 | Reply

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