Work on the new western concourse at King’s Cross station is now complete. Browse through the pictures above, which are provided by Network Rail, to see what it looks like. The concourse is due to open to the public on Monday 19 March.
The new layout reorients the station toward the west, with the ticket offices, departure information and (this being Britain and all) plethora of retail and dining options placed beneath the impressive new latticed roof. The existing departure area of the station thus becomes the arrivals area.
There is further work to be done: the unsightly green canopy out front, a holdover from the 1970s that was only intended to be temporary (Camden council has to re-apply for its permission every year) will be dismantled and the area turned into a public plaza, re-introducing the beautiful brickwork of the station’s frontage to public view, much as it was when it was opened in 1852.
As mentioned earlier, the station opens on Monday. We’ll be there on the first day to see how things go.