King’s Cross Train Station

King’s Cross Station is situated in the North of London and was built in 1851 on the site of a former smallpox and fever hospital.
The station is the southern terminal of the East Coast Mainline which runs between London and Edinburgh. King’s Cross is situated opposite St Pancreas which operates as the southern terminal for the Midland Main Line.
Lewis Cubitt was responsible for designing the original building that still stands today despite several changes to the inside platform configuration.
In 1972 a small extension was added to the front of the station and although it was intended only to be used temporarily it still stands today.
In 2005 Network Rail announced that 400million funding would be spent restoring Kings Cross, which will see the 1972 structure replaced and a new open air piazza will be developed.
Today the station is served by routes from the North and East of England and Scotland, connecting London to major cities such as Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Inverness.
These routes are operated by three networks; GNER, First Capital Connect and Hull Trains, with GNER being the main and controlling operator.
Over 20million people use the station each year many of which regularly commute to London from northern cities for business commitments.
The station features in the Harry Potter stories as the starting point for Hogwarts Express train and filming for the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ took place in the station, however St Pancreas was used for the external shots.
Kings Cross station is well served with several shops including a WH Smiths newsagent and a Burger King and has its own tube station. There are also regular bus services that operate from the station and taxis are readily available. Car hire is also available one mile from the station through Sixt rent a car who also offer a low cost service called Sixti. Sixti allows the renter to hire a small car from just 9 per day.
If you are travelling to London and think using King’s Cross is the right option for you tickets can be booked online through the train networks or independent booking agents.