EXCLUSIVE: Plans unveiled for £237m King’s Cross remodelling

An artist's impression of the remodelled King's Cross. NETWORK RAIL.

King’s Cross is to partially close for three months in early 2020 to allow for major track remodelling and asset renewal, RAIL can exclusively reveal.

Network Rail has confirmed that up to 50% of the UK’s ninth busiest station will be shut between January and March 2020, to complete the £237 million project.

The work will involve all track, sub-systems and overhead line equipment being renewed in the station throat for a distance of up to 1.5 miles from the buffer stops, while the approaches will also be rationalised for the first time since 1972 (when most of the current layout was installed by British Rail).

This includes re-siting a large number of switches and crossings currently located near to the platform ends. They will be moved further north to either within Gasworks Tunnel or the cutting between Gasworks Tunnel and Copenhagen Tunnel, in order to reduce conflicting movements and increase line speeds. 

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 04/01/2018 14:40

    Why not. Network Rail are improving the railways in the UK and will continue to improve our railway infrastructure.

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    • Manus Mac Gearailt - 08/09/2019 21:32

      They should reopen the East bore of Gasworks tunnel, that would allow more train movements in and out of the station since there would less pressure on the tracks and points leading to the centre and Western tunnels.

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      • Lenny Barker - 10/10/2019 19:12

        They are but RAIL wasn't at the visit today

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  • ian maccabe - 15/08/2018 09:27

    Can they replace the turntable for steam specials and make sure it is long enough for the new P2 which should be ready in 2021

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