Kings Cross station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-07-16
Session date: 
July 16, 2008
Reference: 
2008/1315
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you support the campaign to keep all entrances to Kings Cross station open, ensuring the station is permeable for the whole community as well as other station users? Network Rail is planning to close all current entrances and replace them with one entrance on the western side. This would mean many residents would have to walk three times as far as usual to access local amenities in the station, such as food shops and chemists.

Answer

Answer for Kings Cross station

Answer for Kings Cross station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am keen to ensure there is good access to King's Cross St Pancras station and I was concerned to hear about your suggestion that there were proposals to close some of the entrances to the station. I understand that the exits at the southern and western sides of the station will remain open, however Network Rail does plan to close two entrances to York Way to facilitate the construction of an additional platform and control access to the platforms for revenue protection. Whilst the proposal to have an additional platform will increase the capacity of the station, I am concerned that the closure of accesses to York Way will worsen interchange links to the bus stops on York Way and local residential area. To address this problem I understand Network Rail are investigating a potential new pedestrian bridge to give direct access from York Way to the platforms as part of the conditions on the planning consent. Network Rail has submitted the study report on the bridge to LB Camden for consideration. TfL will keep working with Network Rail on this proposal, together with LB Camden and LB Islington, to find an acceptable solution.