Londonist's Back Passage

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Londonist's Back Passage

A tribute to the capital’s alleys, ginnels and snickleways.


31. Platform 1, King's Cross

Where? Erm, King's Cross. But it's more than just a platform. It's a sneaky back passage.

What? Harry Potter's Platform 9 3/4 isn't the only secret portal on the station. Platform 1 runs along the east side of the main building - it's the one with the pirate-themed pasty stall and the AMT coffee kiosk. The powers that be allow pedestrians to wander the length as a rainproof alternative to York Way. A cobbled slip road at yon end leads up to the junction with Wharfdale Road.

The route is an endangered species. As part of a redevelopment of the station, Metronet plans to close off platform access to all but ticket holders. Local residents and workers have lobbied the authorities, and the decision now rests with Camden Council.

Why use? York Way is grim, so if you ever need to head that way, consider Platform 1 as an alternative (although the diesel fumes at the 'country end' of the station are also off-putting). A Wotsit of trainspotters can usually be found basking in the fumes.

See each and every one of our back passages mapped here.

Last Updated 11 April 2007