Ellis Woodman- Executive Editor
The new concourse for King’s Cross needs to be followed up by further investment in railway infrastructure
With this week’s opening of the new western concourse, King’s Cross station has at last begun to reclaim the sense of civic pride that years of underinvestment and short-termism stripped away from Lewis Cubitt’s 1852 design.
John McAslan has been working at King’s Cross since 1997, but for many years his proposals struggled to attract funding. It ultimately required the appointment of London as host to the Olympic Games to shame the government into providing the necessary backing.
It is a welcome outcome but points to a real lack of appreciation of both the social and economic importance of such major infrastructural projects.
The redevelopment of nearby Euston is next on the cards for Network Rail, but at present it looks like no corresponding investment in the Euston underground service is envisaged.
The result will be that passengers arriving by way of the high-speed rail link from Birmingham will be confronted with a half-hour wait for a tube. With luck, the success of projects like King’s Cross will awake the train-going public to the fact that such a desultory service is no longer acceptable.
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