Network Rail has released a batch of images showing how the remodelled King’s Cross station will look when complete.
The most significant change is at the front, where the unsightly green canopy, erected during a haze of 1970s bad planning, is gone, with the station’s impressive Victorian frontage once again becoming the entranceway. In place of the canopy is a large public plaza. The station concourse is shifted to a new building on the western flank, and access to the platforms is improved via a new connecting bridge. The roof of the train shed has also been renovated. The new concourse is scheduled to open ahead of the Olympics, and the plaza will be completed in 2013.
It’ll never look as impressive as St Pancras, but the new King’s Cross will better complement its showier Gothic neighbour.