Wednesday 16 Jan 2008
PRESS BRIEFING - KING'S CROSS
12.30pm, Tuesday 29 January, German Gymnasium
(between King's Cross Station and St Pancras International Station on Pancras Road) 2008 year is an exciting time for King’s Cross station with work beginning in earnest on the £400m project. Network Rail is running a community briefing day on 29 January and is holding a special pre-briefing for press beforehand. Meet and question senior members of the team, including Ian Fry, Network Rail's Redevelopment Programme Director. If you would like to attend please e-mail your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7557 8292.
Notes to editorsThe 50 million passengers who will use the station each year will benefit from an entirely restored, lighter and more attractive station. Improvements include: - A new 8,000 sq metre concourse - over twice the size of the existing one with new shops and restaurants- providing new integrated transport links with international and domestic services from St Pancras, as well as London Underground - A restored Grade 1 listed façade of the station which will be achieved by demolishing the 'temporary' current single-storey front to the station. The train shed and platforms will be refurbished and the roof replaced - An additional platform, increasing reliability and capacity at the station - A new open piazza in front of the station, larger than Leicester Square. In November 2007 Network Rail confirmed a multi-million pound package of local community benefits as part of the £400m transformation of King's Cross station. Package includes: - The creation of a £6m major new public square - £175,000 for covered cycle parking spaces, to encourage cyclists to use the station - £750,000 for Camden Borough Council to implement further local improvements in the surrounding area - A commitment that 10% of the station's energy needs will be met from renewable sources, reducing its carbon footprint by up to 20%
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