King’s Cross – a significant transport hub
The area known as King’s Cross got its name from a statue of King George IV erected at the crossroads of what is now Euston Road, York Way, Pentonville Road and Grays Inn Road. The monument itself was short lived, being completed in 1836 and demolished in 1845, but the area retained the name.
King’s Cross station opened to passengers on 14 October 1852, designed by Lewis Cubitt to be simple and functional. At the time it was the largest railway station in Britain.
The station saw significant change throughout the 20th century to meet passenger and freight demand, turning King’s Cross into a significant transport hub.
Today, Cubitt’s original Grade 1 listed façade has been revealed once more, together with a square at the front of the station, creating a new public space right in the heart of London.
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Tickets and travel information
For latest train times, please visit the National Rail Enquiries website or call 03457 48 49 50.
Textphone: 0345 60 50 600
Welsh language line: 0345 60 40 500
General station enquiries: 03457 11 41 41
Find your way around using the Kings Cross Station Map.
British Transport Police
The British Transport Police station is beneath the pub by the entry to platform 9.
For assistance, call 0800 40 50 40 (24 hours) or speak to any member of station staff. In an emergency call 999.
Access for All is a £370m programme to improve accessibility at train stations by introducing lifts and ramps.