Two Platforms

9. 9. 2010 // // Kategorie Randnotizen 2010

London’s King’s X (‘King’s Cross’) Station has a new platform – Platform 0 (‘Platform Zero’).

Reading from a poster in the station: Presently it will be used to take services as work is carried out in the station and other platforms are temporarily closed. Acting a bit like a margin; allowing the overflow, and protecting the level of service. In the future, it will increase the capacity at King’s Cross; helping the revamped station to play a key role in Olympic journeys in 2012, local regeneration, and overall passenger experience.


Waiting for an underground service at Barbican Station i spoke to a member of the station staff about the abandoned platforms 3 & 4 that used to serve the National Rail trains from King’s X Station to East Anglia. Looking at the 1 metre tall weeds and wild plants that now grow between the lines and from the roof, the woman said “I don’t know what they’re going to do with it, nothing has come through for years, it’s turning into a bit of a garden – better than all the concrete.”