New concourse set to open at King’s Cross
March 14, 2012
The new western concourse at King’s Cross station is to open to the public on Monday 19 March, as part of plans to increase passenger capacity for the Olympic Games.
The scheme will see the station’s former Victorian glory restored, combined with modern extensions.
The new concourse brings improved facilities including better lighting, larger destination boards, clearer station announcements, and more shops and restaurants.
A new roof structure has been blended with the station’s heritage features over an area that is three-times larger than the current concourse. There are also improved links to both the London Underground network and St Pancras station.
Network Rail CEO David Higgins said: ‘The new King’s Cross station is something for everyone to be proud of. But rather than focusing on the end of a project, we should see this as a symbol of what can be achieved with the right vision, partnerships and a sustained commitment to investing in our country’s infrastructure.’
Further work to the station, including a square at the front that will be larger than Leicester Square, will be completed next year when the current single storey extension at the front of the station – a 1970s addition – will be removed. The King’s Cross redevelopment is costing £550m.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, added: ‘Londoners are now seeing the benefits of a Neo-Victorian flow of investment into transport infrastructure helping to improve travel across the city and create thousands of jobs.
‘The stunning revitalisation of King's Cross station is set to play a vital role in the wider regeneration of this quarter of the capital. Together with the architectural marvel of St Pancras and an improved Tube station, we have created a truly stunning world class travel hub ensuring a splendid gateway for the millions of people using these stations every year.’