Network Rail have announced the start of work to build a new twelfth platform (okay, thirteenth if you're a Harry Potter fan) at King's Cross, marking a major milestone in Network Rail's £450m redevelopment of the historic London station.
The new platform will increase capacity by allowing between 7 and 24 more trains during the morning peak period and, crucially, will also significantly reduce any service disruption while other platforms are refurbished. It is being constructed next to the existing platform 1 on the eastern side of the station adjacent to York Way, space that was used as a covered taxi pick-up area in the past. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2010 and the north-east exit to York Way is now closed permanently to allow work on the new platform to begin.
By 2013, the rejuvenated King's Cross station will have more processing capacity, an additional platform for extra services and improved links with international and domestic services from St Pancras and the London Underground.
Interestingly the current building programme, however, still leaves Kings Cross a platform short of its all time highest total. As ever, Nick Catford's Subterranea Britannica comprehensively covers the history of the links from Kings Cross to the Metropolitan widened lines.
These links have now been replaced by the (built, but not yet open) chord from the north end of Saint Pancras International Low Level to just south of Copenhagen Tunnels. The service through these tunnels will form part of the Thameslink programme.
As part of the current works, King's Cross' Grade 1 listed façade will also be restored to its former glory by demolishing the current single-storey concourse extension - creating a stunning new open piazza larger than Leicester Square at the front of the station. With Saint Pancras' Barlow train shed next door setting the standard, there is a high bar to meet in terms of delivery in time and quality.
The majority of the station redevelopment will be completed by 2012 in time for the Olympics, with the transformation complete by 2013. 50m passengers will use the new station each year – a 20% increase on today.
Thameslink services will be one of the major beneficiaries of the proposed improvements.
dazu zwei schöne große Bilder als Link:Personenperspektive von vorneVogelperspektive
... hat lange gedauert, aber nach St. Pancras sollten auch die anderen Bahnhöfe auf Vorderman gebracht werden, Blackfriars ist ja gerade in "Arbeit" - mal sehen was mit Waterloo passiert, und auch Paddington könnte mal wieder eine "Politur" vertragen (der 5. Bahnsteigbogen mit Gleise ausstatten!), der Mix aus Alt und Neu passt jedenfalls ... (wie die Docklands oder die City of London), jetzt muss nur noch fix die Crossrail und der neue Routemaster fahren (und in der hoffnung das London wieder eine Straßenbahn zurückbekommt -> die Cross River Tram!)