King’s Cross Named Best Station

King’s Cross has been voted the best railway station in the world for food and drink at the 2014 International Airport and Rail Station Food and Beverage Awards.
The judges were impressed by the remarkable transformation of King’s Cross Station, with the £500m refurbishment that transformed the station into a destination hub for retail and travel. The iconic western concourse, which opened in 2012, is the largest single-span structure in Europe and provides three-times more space than the previous station, with a wide range of shops, and food and drink outlets.
Hamish Kiernan, Network Rail’s Commercial Director of Retail, said: “King’s Cross station has undergone an amazing transformation into a first class railway station and destination for retail, leisure and business. From the outset, our approach has been to create a high quality environment and brand mix that positions King’s Cross as a hub of convenience for travellers as well as people who live and work nearby. Since opening the western concourse two years ago, we’ve seen dramatic improvements in passenger satisfaction and consistent growth in turnover sales. For King’s Cross to now be recognised as an example of excellence on an international stage is a proud achievement for Network Rail and our retail partners.”
Tom Caine, King’s Cross Station Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that King’s Cross has been recognised internationally as a destination station. We’re already one of the busiest stations in the country for rail travel and we’re seeing more and more people choosing to spend time here to relax, shop, eat and drink.”
King’s Cross Station delivers a footfall of 573,716 commuters a week.
The 2014 International Airport and Rail Station Food and Beverage Awards are organised by The Moodie Report and The Foodie Report.
Via: JCDecaux