In Pictures: The New King's Cross Station Concourse

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 71 months ago
In Pictures: The New King's Cross Station Concourse
The station is lit up for the official launch event... it's unlikely to look like this most of the time
The station is lit up for the official launch event... it's unlikely to look like this most of the time
Looking south through the concourse
Looking south through the concourse
The view from above
The view from above
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The plaza, which will be completed in 2013
The plaza, which will be completed in 2013

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.

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Last Updated 14 March 2012

East Village London

It looks awesome when illuminated by that violet lighting...

badger

I think it looks amazing. Although I'm just a teeny tiny bit disappointed the ceiling isn't all glass and thereby on a sunny day bathed in blue, like across the road at St Pancras. Im not sure if there was a particular reason, I use feel it would have looked much lighter.

SamL24

I love it - went round like a weirdo with my mouth open saying Wow!

Graham

The reason the ceiling isn't all glass is partly to manage heat, bot mainly for acoustics - One o the things that is really a massive improvement on the old concourse is the clarity of station announcements

Rosebay12

For anyone waiting for a delayed train like me last Saturday there is nowhere to sit other than the rip-off fast food places - people were squatting on the floor like refugees. 

7thhatfield

Stood in the middle of the new concourse needing to know the time. No clock! Or at least no easily visable one. Eventually found a little digital one after wandering to the end of the concourse to the departure board. You would have thought the architect would have put a visable timepiece somewhere. Love everything else about the place though.