Kings Cross Underground station 1

MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You previously dismissed concerns about the lack of safe passenger headroom on the platforms of Kings Cross Underground station, due to what I consider to be the inadequate 'Tube Lines' station refurbishment, and then made even worse by step-free-access platform changes. if those concerns  were not valid,  why  have you now added 'Mind your Head' stickers?  Have there been injuries to passengers or staff? Can we now expect proper engineering fixes to these extensive shortcomings in the station design, and which apply to the whole length of platforms, not just the step-free sections?


Answer for Kings Cross Underground station 1

Answer for Kings Cross Underground station 1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Rather than 'inadequate' refurbishment work as you suggest, it is the installation of platform humps to provide level access to trains, together with new infrastructure that had to be accommodated in very limited space as part of the station upgrade works, that has resulted in lower than normal headroom on parts of the Northern line platforms at King's Cross St. Pancras.

Both pieces of work were carried out after careful consideration of the impact on passenger headroom. TfL's assessment of this concluded that the benefits delivered by the humps, and the improved safety and security provided by the additional infrastructure installed behind the new ceiling panels, far outweighed any very small risk associated with having slightly reduced headroom.

TfL continues to have no record of any injuries as a result of the headroom. However, as a precaution they have recently installed warning signs in the affected areas to highlight the reduced headroom to passengers to ensure that this remains the case.