The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have visited the redeveloped King’s Cross station, seeing at first hand the restored train shed and new western concourse.
Railways have always been popular with the Royal Family and the Prince was pleased to meet King’s Cross station manager Tom Caine and his team. ‘We had to make sure that we kept the station running during the visit,’ said Tom. ‘When the Royals arrived, it wasn’t too long before the public started gathering round and taking pictures with their phones.
‘But we kept a close eye to make sure the visit passed smoothly. It was great to see them both enjoying the Harry Potter trolley at platform 9 and three quarters.’
The royal party was welcomed by Robin Gisby of Network Rail and John McAslan, architect of the western concourse, which opened in March 2012. Together they visited the construction site of King’s Cross Square, along the station’s southern frontage, which opens next autumn.
Once complete, the new square will reveal the historic station’s original Lewis Cubitt façade for the first time in a century. Cubitt is the Duchess of Cornwall’s great, great, great uncle.
The Prince arrived by tube from Farringdon Station where he met apprentices and Crossrail engineers (see training section). Says Robin Gisby, ‘It was a real honour to have the Prince and Duchess visit King’s Cross and Farringdon stations, and to talk to them about why we’re carrying out these works. We’re in the middle of the biggest capacity improvement programme since Victorian times.’