A grand design for the new King's Cross


Richard Westcott looks at King's Cross as it is now and in days gone by

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On Monday I attended the campaign launch of Get Ahead of the Games, which attempts to help Olympic spectators and commuters plan their journeys during the summer.

What was particularly striking from the latest information was the time it will take to get through transport hotspots and to queue to get into the Olympic Park.

One example is that to get from Croydon into the Olympic Park will take almost two-and-a-half hours during the Games. Normally it takes 50 minutes.

You can find out more here or on Twitter.

We were also given a brief tour of the new western concourse at King's Cross and it looks extremely impressive. As yet the structure does not have a London "name" such as The Gherkin and the Shard.

Any ideas? The cobweb?

I'm told the new concourse will be open by Easter and has been designed by the architect John McAslan.

The upgrade of King's Cross has cost £550m and there will be shops and bars. The idea is to make it a "destination station" like St Pancras International.

You probably won't see such extravagant architectural designs in railway stations again for some time. Money is tight and if you look at the station designs for Crossrail, for example, they are mainly more utilitarian boxes.

Take a look at my video and let me know what you think.

Tom Edwards, Transport correspondent, London Article written by Tom Edwards Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

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