The extensively modernised area around King’s Cross will be officially re-opened on 26th September.
In August Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, laid one of the final paving stones on the new King’s Cross Square. Sir David Higgins, Network Rail’s chief executive, joined the mayor to congratulate teams hard at work on the final touches to the project.
Contractors, J. Murphy & Sons, are currently working on the last phase of civil engineering works to complete King’s Cross Square. The Square is the final part of the £550m King’s Cross station redevelopment, which saw a brand new concourse open last year offering rail passengers three-and-a-half times more space than the 1970s concourse that it replaced.
Says Boris Johnson, ‘The incredible regeneration of King’s Cross continues apace. Network Rail is renovating this historic location with ingenuity and flair and this wonderful new square will be the perfect gateway to almost 70 acres of new public spaces, businesses and homes for Londoners, setting a new standard that we should aspire to for all future station redevelopment.’
David Higgins, Network Rail chief executive, added, ‘The new square will be a stunning entrance to the King’s Cross area. It has led to more than £2.2bn of private investment transforming the area into an exciting centre for business, knowledge and the arts of which the capital can be proud. If ever proof were needed that investment in rail provides a catalyst for wider economic growth, this is it.’