King's Cross Thameslink railway station

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King's Cross Thameslink
King's Cross Thameslink before its closure
PlaceKings Cross
AreaLondon Borough of Camden
Coordinates51°31′51″N 0°07′13″W / 51.5308°N 0.1202°W / 51.5308; -0.1202Coordinates: 51°31′51″N 0°07′13″W / 51.5308°N 0.1202°W / 51.5308; -0.1202
Grid referenceTQ303830
Pre-groupingMetropolitan Railway
Post-groupingNetwork Rail
1863Opened as King's Cross Metropolitan
16 October 1940London Underground platforms closed
1979Closed as part of the Great Northern Electrification Project
1983Reopened and renamed King's Cross Midland City as part of the Midland City line electrification project
1988Renamed King's Cross Thameslink
9 December 2007Closed permanently
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

King's Cross Thameslink station is a closed railway station in central London, England. It served the Thameslink route but was replaced by new Thameslink platforms at St Pancras in December 2007. The last operator of the station was First Capital Connect. The site is on Pentonville Road, about 160 yards (150 m) from King's Cross station.

Location and layout[edit]

The station's main entrance was on Pentonville Road to the southeast of the main King's Cross complex. The Thameslink platforms were linked directly by stairs and a tunnel to the Victoria and Piccadilly line platforms at King's Cross St Pancras, and via both sets of platforms to the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Northern lines.

The two platforms at King's Cross Thameslink were lettered rather than numbered, to avoid confusion with the platforms at nearby King's Cross among staff who worked at both stations, which may have been regarded as part of the same station complex. A similar situation exists at Waterloo East station, an annexe of London Waterloo, and the use of platform letters has been continued on the new Thameslink platforms at St Pancras.


The station occupied part of the original site of the Metropolitan Railway's 1863 King's Cross station. Its original street buildings were a little further west than the later station frontage and, though in poor repair, may still be seen. The Thameslink platforms on the City Widened Lines were separated only by a newer wall from the site of the Underground platforms, which may still be seen on the west side from Underground trains travelling between King's Cross St Pancras and Farringdon stations.

In 1863 the Metropolitan Railway opened a line from Paddington to Farringdon, the world's first underground railway.[1] The City Widened Lines project, completed in 1868 built quadruple track from King's Cross to Moorgate, with platforms on both lines at all the stations.

In 1940 Metropolitan Railway services (today's Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith and City line services) ceased to call at the station due to bomb damage. Today's sub-surface underground platforms, further west, were opened in March 1941, but Widened Lines services continued to use the original station until 1979.

In 1983 the station reopened as King's Cross Midland City, and in May 1988 it was renamed King's Cross Thameslink.

The station was replaced in 2007 because of substandard platform widths and lengths, lack of step-free access, lack of easily accessible fire escape routes, and a poor-quality passenger environment.[2] The cost of upgrading the station to modern standards would have been in excess of £60 million.[3] It would also have caused serious disruption to the nearby Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Underground lines and to nearby roads.[4]

In February 2006, the government announced additional funding of £63 million so that work to complete a new Thameslink station at St Pancras could start that summer. The last train, the 23:59 from Haywards Heath, called at Kings Cross Thameslink at 01:08 on Sunday 9 December 2007.[5] From 9 December 2007, Thameslink services started to call at new platforms built beneath the main station complex at St Pancras.[6] These are able to handle 12-car trains and will have sufficient capacity to serve the Thameslink Programme route (upgraded from the original Thameslink network). They also have better pedestrian links to the main line platforms at both St Pancras and King's Cross.

The foot tunnel from King's Cross St Pancras tube station to the ticket office of the former Thameslink station remains open from 07:00 to 20:00 on Mondays to Fridays, to provide extra access to London Underground platforms from Pentonville Road.[7]


See also[edit]

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  1. ^ "London's transport - a history, London Underground". Transport for London. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  2. ^ Network Rail (2005a) - pg.20, paragraph 5.4.1
  3. ^ Network Rail (2005a) - pg.20, paragraph 5.4.2
  4. ^ "St Pancras International". First Capital Connect. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007.
  5. ^ Clark, Emma (10 December 2007). "New station sets the standard". Watford Observer. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012.
  6. ^ "King's Cross & St Pancras Upgrade". Archived from the original on 3 April 2004.

External links[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line and station open
  First Capital Connect
  Kentish Town
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  Historical railways  
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  BR (Eastern Region)
Great Northern Line down services
  King's Cross Suburban
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  BR (Eastern Region)
Great Northern Line up services
  King's Cross York Road
Line and station closed