In just over a year, Network Rail’s dramatic new western concourse opens at King’s Cross station, marking a significant milestone in the area’s ongoing renaissance. Londoners are being urged to find out more about the changes being made at the station and in the surrounding area by visiting an exhibition in the station from Monday 17 to Friday 21 January.
More than nine out of 10 (93%) of regular station users questioned by Network Rail in December said they thought the development would have a positive effect on the overall travel experience at the station, and the benefits expected over the next few years stretch far beyond the station boundaries.
Just to the north of the station, King’s Cross Central is the most significant development and regeneration opportunity in central London. The 67 acre development will include shops and offices, 1,900 new homes, 20 new streets, 10 new major public spaces and the restoration of 20 historic buildings and structures. With both rail stations and King’s Cross St Pancras underground station, the new community will arguably be the best connected in London.
Ian Fry, King’s Cross programme director for Network Rail, said: “The redevelopment of King’s Cross station will give passengers what they want – a bigger, better, brighter station. It’s a massively important part of the regeneration of this quarter of London, continuing the improvements that have already taken place in recent years.
“We’re excited to be a little over a year away from the opening of the new concourse next spring and we hope passengers, residents and Londoners as a whole are excited too.”
A scale model of Network Rail’s King’s Cross station redevelopment will be on display in the station from Monday 17th to Friday 21st January. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions about the scheme and talk to the public about the wider redevelopment of the area.
People can also visit a permanent exhibition in the German Gymnasium on Pancras Way (between King’s Cross and St Pancras stations) where a much larger model depicting plans for the entire area takes centre-stage.