07/02/2012

New Kings Cross Station concourse to open on 19th March


photo © Network Rail

The new station concourse at King's Cross opens 19 March 2012

The opening will mark a major milestone in the redevelopment of the station. Started in 2007, it will be fully completed by the end of 2013 once Network Rail have removed the 1970s extension and canopy at the front of the station and created a new 7,000m2 public square.

The striking new concourse will offer more space, better facilities and an improved range of shopping and food and drink outlets.

A blend of old and new architecture

Ian Fry, King's Cross programme director, said: "On the outside passengers have seen King's Cross station transforming before their eyes for the last five years. We have been working hard behind the scenes to create a blend of old and new architecture with a strong mix of facilities worthy of the new-look station.

“Research tells us that passengers consistently rate high-quality facilities alongside convenient retail and catering as important station priorities. The new concourse at King’s Cross is designed to provide those facilities which will make journeys easier for passengers as well as appealing to those who like to combine their travel with a bit of shopping, eating or drinking.”

The new concourse will transform the way passengers use King’s Cross.

Congestion at the station will be significantly reduced by new walking routes based on an innovative method of pedestrian modelling Network Rail undertook during the design phase of the project. A new one-way system will direct passengers to enter the station via the new concourse, and exit via the existing concourse at the bottom of the platforms, allowing better connections to other forms of public transport at both ends of the journey.

A wide range of high street brands will be opening in the new concourse;

The new shopping outlets are Accessorize, American Apparel, Boots, Hotel Chocolat, ICE, Kiehl’s, Oliver Bonas, Paperchase, T M Lewin, W H Smith and Watermark.

Whilst the new food and drink outlets are Benito’s Hat, Caffe Nero, Fullers, Giraffe, Leon, Marks and Spencer Simply Food, Pasty Shop, Pret A Manger, Prezzo, Starbucks, Upper Crust, Wasabi and Yalla Yalla.