The big picture: King's Cross Western Concourse

15 Mar 2012 by BusinessTraveller

London's King's Cross station has completed the £550 million redevelopment of its Western Concourse, with 45 million passengers per year set to benefit from the new facilities when it opens on Monday March 19.

Described as "the biggest transformation in the 160-year history of the Grade-I listed station", the works have taken five years to finish, with over a thousand tonnes of steel, one million heritage bricks, five million ceramic tiles and five million metres of cabling used in the construction.

Aside from the new curved lattice roof structure - which has opened up the concourse to three times its previous size - new facilities include better lighting, larger destination boards, clearer station announcements and more shops and restaurants.

The station will be a key transport link for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, connecting passengers from the London Underground and mainline rail services to the adjacent St Pancras International, which will carry visitors to the Olympic Park via the Javelin service to Stratford International.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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