The quiet cycling route behind Whitechapel Station that connects Vallance Road to Brady Street, Durward Street has been closed for the next four years. I spoke to the Crossrail site supervisor and he said the pedestrian/cycling route has closed so that they can dig trenches for the new station. The irony was lost on him when I said that 100 years ago trenches were also being dug for four years.
An alternative route has been signposted down Fulborne Street onto the Whitechapel Road but this is unsuitable for cyclists that are not confident using a main route however, this route will also close early next year for the continuing expansion of the station. Cyclists will then have to use the Whitechapel Road between Vallance Road (a junction that has claimed a cyclist's life 3 years ago) to Brady Street.