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Sleeper MD considers King’s Cross potential

The 2106 London King's Cross-Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness sleeper stands at the London terminus on January 18, having been diverted from London Euston. RICHARD CLINNICK.

London King’s Cross is being viewed as a possible future station for the Caledonian Sleeper.

The operator’s Managing Director Peter Strachan told RAIL that feedback from passengers during the diversions caused by the closure of the West Coast Main Line at Lamington (RAIL 793) was that the station had better Tube connections than London Euston and that the facilities were good.

CS needs to consider a new terminus while Euston is closed for remodelling as part of HS2, and while it had looked at St Pancras International in the past, King’s Cross is viewed by Strachan as a more likely candidate, even though there are issues with the length of the platforms.

  • To read exactly why it is being considered, read RAIL 801, published on May 25.

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  • FrankH - 24/05/2016 15:00

    It's being considered because it's the only option that allows electric traction through to Glasgow and Edinburgh. They'll have to lose 2 or 3 coaches though.

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    • Niall Laybourne - 24/05/2016 15:25

      WCML (Euston) allows electric traction throughout. Just because they have used '67s at Carstairs doesn't mean they can't use electric to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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      • Niall Laybourne - 24/05/2016 15:27

        Oh I see you mean while the works are going on? My sincere apologies, mis-interpreted that! :)

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    • Paul - 26/05/2016 02:16

      I'm guessing you mean OHLE rather than electric traction? It's possible to access the WCML from most London stations with electric traction, but most routes would involve 3rd rail.

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  • Ian McKinnon - 24/05/2016 15:23

    Where does that leave WCML passengers from Crewe and Preston?

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    • FrankH - 24/05/2016 22:25

      They can get through to Willesden from KX then use the WCML same way as they get the empty stock to KX. It doesn't say which route they're going to take north.

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  • Jack Slaughter - 26/05/2016 18:48

    There must be reasonably long platforms at KX (platform 1 at least), given that 16 car Eurostar sets have used it in the past.

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