King’s Cross crew celebrate

Over 600 people, from engineers, electricians and builders to carpenters, stone masons and abseilers, working on the King’s Cross project came together recently to celebrate the end of major construction work on the new western concourse.

The new concourse is the stand-out feature of the £500m redevelopment of King’s Cross. The domed roof covers an area three-times the size of the existing concourse.

Says Ian Fry, Network Rail’s King’s Cross project director, ‘With the major construction completed on schedule we can focus on fitting out the retail units and installing the new passenger facilities so passengers can take full advantage of their new station when it opens next year.’

Work to build the Western concourse, which started in 2009, involved up to 1,150 people on site at any one time. The majority of the station redevelopment will be completed by 2012 in time for the Olympics with the transformation complete by 2013. Once completed, 50m passengers will use the new station each year, 10m more than today.

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