All posts tagged platform
Posted by pottaz on June 14, 2016
Posted by pottaz on May 14, 2015
Great news for my eyes. I can now see train information from my normal waiting spot on Platform 1.
No, my eyesight hasn’t improved; they installed new displays along the platform so none of us have to squint into the distance any more.
To be fair, Stevenage has undergone some big improvements in the time since I’ve been commuting through (and parking) here.
When did they install them? Not sure – didn’t notice them until this morning. It’s my eyes you know…
Posted by pottaz on September 16, 2014
After a very long wait, the day has arrived and I couldn’t let it pass without comment.
The covers are off the new ‘Western Departures Concourse’ and it looks great – a massive leap forward for King’s Cross.
The weird thing was seeing people wandering about the place as though it had been like this all the time – made me feel a bit like I was late to the party.
I don’t know what I was expecting really. It’s like Christmas. The wait is the thing. The day arrives and you go, “Oh yeah, no biggie.”
I did treat myself to a ride down the new escalator – and to be fair, it shaves a good 30 seconds of my commute to the Tube. Progress!
They were handing out maps so people could find their way around the new layout – saves them gathering up the 40 or so strays at the end of the day and shipping them home with a note.
A Paperchase and a Boots – could prove priceless. And I haven’t even checked out the Parcel Yard yet. So much to explore! But I’ve got to get home/to work…
Here it is at night: concourse of the future!
Posted by pottaz on March 19, 2012
So we now know the new station concourse opens on March 19. We also know that they plan to knock the existing one down and create more space out front (didn’t you know – keep up!).
Truth be told, there’s been work going on all over King’s Cross – laying new floors, revamping the building alongside platform 9, 10 and 11 as well as work on the roof covering platform 0 to 8 (yes – King’s Cross has the distinction of having a Platform Zero).
They have now unwrapped much of the covering they had up while they renovated the roof and the massive glass frontage at the, er… front of the station.
Here are a couple of views of the new look ‘upper area’:
Posted by pottaz on February 20, 2012
Hot off the Twitter press, the powers that be are saying the hoardings come down on March 19.
Very exciting for everyone, not just us commuters that get diverted a slightly different way every day as they lay the flooring bit by bit.
And what does this vision of the future look like? A bit like this:
I especially like the woman on the far right wiping dog shit off her shoe – click to enlarge it and you’ll see what I mean.
Craving more info? Click below for the lowdown, including this bombshell, “…the current concourse will be demolished revealing for the first time in decades the Grade I listed Victorian façade which has been fully restored to its former glory.”
Want more piccies? here you go:
Posted by pottaz on February 7, 2012
It was a nice day. I had a panoramic app on my phone. Put the two together and hey presto…
Posted by pottaz on August 17, 2011
Is this the start of an asphalt zoo? Possibly not. These are sitting at the north end of Platform 1 (I’m sounding like a station announcer now).
Presumably someone in a hi-vis vest will come along and free these slabs and make them part of the existing platform.
It’s not like there are slabs that are crumbling. There are a few older ones dotted about but that helps me position myself corredtly so I’m right in front of the doors when the train stops. Two steps to the left of the two brown slabs to be precise.
Come Monday I won’t know where I am…
Posted by pottaz on November 12, 2010
Wow, this is better than Harry Potter. I’m at King’s Cross waiting for the platform announcement for my train home. On the big screen, the number comes up. O. Zero? That’s not an 8 is it?. Nope, that platform’s already taken. Platform zero? Not a 10 with a faulty display? Clearly not. As soon as the platform’s announced the waiting commuters stream over to the far side of the station. And there it is – just to the right of Platform 1, out of nowhere, Platform O.
Now King’s Cross is also home to Platform 9¾ where Harry Potter and his chums take the train to Hogwarts. Never mind the fact that those scenes were filmed in the more cinematic St Pancras next door; for the benefit of tourists, they’ve set up a photo-op in a quiet corner. They have a wall with a baggage trolley embedded in it so that people can pose for a photo, looking as though they’re magically leaving the muggle world behind.
Anyway, my immediate thought is, ‘is there room for a Platform Minus 1?’ Not really, or you’d be catching a train from the middle of York Way.
Posted by pottaz on June 21, 2010
Thankfully, the Sony Ericsson campaign seems to have lost interest and stopped following me. The billboard on the platform at Stevenage has been replaced by this one; apparently an ad for shadows. And why not. They’ve been under-represented for ages.
Posted by pottaz on October 19, 2009