The London Borough of Camden has decided to approve Network Rail's £400M redevelopment of King's Cross station so work can take place ahead of the 2012 Olympics.
Part-funded by the Department for Transport and Network Rail, the project will increase passenger capacity. Passenger numbers at Kings Cross - Britain's busiest transport interchange - are due to rise by 10M over the coming decade.Work will include creating a new concourse three times the size of the current one. New shops, restaurants and better access will also be part of the redevelopment. The original Grade-I listed southern face of the station, designed by Lewis Cubitt in 1851, will be uncovered for the first time since 1972.A new platform will reduce services disruption while other platforms are refurbished. Network Rail will finance this by reinvesting operating profits into the project.Iain Coucher, who will take over from John Armitt as Chief Executive when he retires in July said: 'Camden's decision is great news for the millions of people who use King's Cross. We have consulted widely with passengers and the local community. As a result we will produce a station which takes renewed pride in its rich history, whilst introducing excellent modern features to give a stamp of 21st century design.'The restoration of King's Cross fits into wide-ranging plans to upgrade London's leading stations. It will create a world class station for all passengers and offer a fitting entrance to the capital for domestic and international travellers,' he said.