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King's Cross Railway Station
The station is located in Euston Road
King's Cross Railway Station Redevelopment & Improvements
King's Cross is undergoing massive major improvements costing £400,000,000 whilst it still remains open as the main Rail Station for the East Coast railway line to beyond Scotland's capital Edinburgh & Britain's oil capital the Granite City of Aberdeen
Western Concourse the New extension
An amazing semi circular extension is being constructed on the right hand (west) side that will house a new ticket office. information, shops, cafes, etc. This extension should be opened some time before the start of the 2012 London Olympics
Kings Cross Front extension - the Green Shed
Photo by Ewan-M
The current large 1 story extension that is in front of the Victorian Station, nicknamed "The Green Shed" because of its plain green facias, is to be pulled down and the area turned into a square with trees, allowing the old frontage of the station to be seen again.
Currently this area houses The ticket & Information offices , fast food outlets a large waiting and sometimes queuing area in front of the large train departure board.
The removal is scheduled to take place after the 2012 Olympics and completed in 2013
After the removal of the Green Shed the area will be converted into open space, King’s Cross Square, which will contain trees. The square will be larger than Leicester Square. The magnificent Victorian Frontage, designed in1851 by Lewis Cubitt. will then be visible in all it's glory.
Bridge over platforms
Kings Cross Station bridge
Photo by migclick
The old cast iron Handyside Bridge, also known as the Harry Potter footbridge, located roughly half way along the platforms has been removed.
This has been replaced by a modern glass sided bridge with both lifts and stairs & possibly escalators. The site of the new overbrige is next to the northern edge of the new western concourse (under construction).
Kings Cross Refurbished Roof
Photo by avail
The plastic windows & black panels are been replaced by glass, allowing plenty of daylight to enter the station.
The photo shows the near side of the roof completely restored.
At the far end the roof is still being restored.
Compare this photograph with the one above showing the old roof.
Kings Cross Departure board
Kings Cross Departure board
Photo by garethjmsaunders
The massive train departure board is located in the current Concourse in the Green Shed, just before the platform entrances.
Note the yellow queue lanes on the floor. Passengers are sometimes prevented from going onto the platforms whilst the trains are cleaned after there journeys into the station. This can create long queues in this area that can become rather crowded.
Kings Cross Platform7 & 6 of 8 to 0 in this area.
Note the old roof
Photo by cloneofsnake
There are 2 sets of platforms at King's Cross all of which are terminal platforms
- The main long distance Platforms 0 to 8
- Commuter platforms 9 to 11
When facing the platforms with your back to Euston Road the platform numbering starts from the right hand (east) side with platform 0 which is a recent additional platform has been added on the extreme right (east) side and will be called Platform 0 (Zero). This saves renaming all the other platforms, not a difficult task, but also saves renaming thousands of signalling & points equipment..
These platforms are used by mainline trains running to the North. The main one being the East Coast line to Scotland. This line actually goes no where near the east coast until it reaches Scotland.
Gap between 8 & 9
There is a wide gap between platforms 8 & 9. The next set of platforms 9-11 are in an adjacent but connected building, and are an old extension to the building, which is set much further back from Euston Road, being behind the Great Northern Hotel & the new Western Concourse
These much shorter platforms are used by commuter & local trains serving the Greater London area & slightly beyond.
Platform 9 3/4
The invisible Platform 9 3/4 was located in the gap between platforms 8 & 9, not 9 & 10 - as stated by J. K. Rowling who had mixed up the platform numbering system with that at Euston station where the gap is between 9 & 10.
The platform actually used in the film for The Kings Cross Hogwarts Express was Platform 5 renumbered to 9 3/4
King's Cross Hotels - St. Pancras Hotels
Albion House Hotel Alhambra Hotel Apollo Hotel Carlton Hotel Central Hotel Comfort Inn and Suites King's Cross Comfort Inn King's Cross Hotel Crestfield Hotel European Hotel Excelsior Hotel Fairway Hotel Jesmond Dene Hotel Lisa Court Hotel Megaro Hotel Meridiana Hotel Montana Excel Hotel Northumberland King's Cross Hotel Premier Travel Inn London King's Cross
The 2 railway stations, King's Cross & St. Pancras are both located in Euston Road A501, and only separated from each other by Pancras Road
These hotels are ideal before an early, or after a late, Eurostar journey from St. Pancras International Rail Station
For guests on Room Only or Bed & Breakfast. There are plenty of cafe,s restaurants & takeaways in the area with a wide variety of cuisines to satisfy all tastes.