The NORTHERN CONCOURSE

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Overview

This is the new section of the station at Level -1. It includes the new passage from the Tube Concourse, The Northern Concourse itself and the passage leading to St Pancras Station.

The passage between the Tube and Northern concourses, which we'll call the Level -1 passage leads north, past the new entrance from King's Cross Mainline Station, to the Northern Concourse.

The Northern Concourse is an almost rectangular shape with a piece removed from the northwest corner. The passage from the Tube Concourse and the escalators to Level -2 are on the south side, the ticket sales facilities are on the north and the passage towards St Pancras Station leaves from the Northwest. There is stairs and lift access between here and the suburban section of King's Cross Station. The gate line forms an L-shape within this space so that the gates leading south are mainly entrances, whilst those leading west are exits.

The passage to St Pancras provides stairs, escalator and lift access to Level 0 and Level 1 of St Pancras Station.

The Level -1 Passage

From the Tube Concourse, you go up a ramp, through a set of normally open fire doors. then down a series of small ramps towards the Northern Concourse itself.

The entrance/exit to King’s Cross Mainline Station is at the foot of the first ramp down.

The passage is divided into two by a central rail and there’s a rail to each side. We’re asked to keep left. Note that there are breaks in the rails at the landings in the ramp.

West Side, Going North

  up slope
help point
top of slope
through fire doors
down slope
blank door
fire point and information board at foot of first ramp
help point
down ramp
landing
down ramp
landing
down final ramp
retail unit, vacant at the time of our survey
second retail unit, vacant at the time of our survey
slight slope up
2 blank doors
fire point
wall retreats into concourse

East Side, Going North

  blank
entrance from King’s Cross Mainline
blank
help point, just beyond foot of final ramp
billboards into concourse

The Northern concourse, Outside the Gates

South Side, Going West

  passage from Tube Concourse, divided by central rail
Nationwide cash machine
HSBC cash machine
Nationwide cash machine

West Side, Going North

  glass wall beside escalators
pillar, about 2 metres on right with two phones
pillar, about 2 metres on right
5 back-to-back seats, inline with pillars
pillar
glass wall veers right (northeast)
pillar, against glass wall
wall ends, gate line leading west

There are pillars in a line east/west in the middle of the concourse outside the gates.

East Side, Going North

  billboards
map and poster frames
help point, opposite end of glass wall
signage
blank door
hoarding, an escalator to the mainline station will be installed here in 2011

North Side, Going West

  hoarding, mentioned above
blank door
5 ticket sales windows, each with induction loop and PIN pad to right
8 ticket machines
wall veers left (southwest)
steps up to King’s Cross Suburban, three sections separated by rails
lift to Suburban Concourse, in recess, call button to left)
passage leading northwest towards St Pancras

The Gate Line

South side, Going West

  Wide Aisle Gate (entrance)
5 automatic entrances
glass barrier
pillar
8 automatic gates, direction may vary
pillar
automatic gate, direction may vary
Wide Aisle Gate (may be bi-directional)
large gate
glass panel
departure screen
staff refuge
gate line continues south

East Side, Going South

  6 automatic exits
Wide Aisle Gate (exit)
glass barrier

South Side

  blank doors, will be retail unit
hoarding, lift to be installed in 2011

West Side, Going North

  billboards
wall veers right (northeast)
billboards
pillar between here and corner of gate line, commemorative plaque
wall veers left (north)
passage to St Pancras

The Northern Concourse, Inside the Gates

This area includes the passage to the lift which leads south immediately to the west of the escalators.

North side

  gate line

East Side

  glass wall leading southwest towards escalators

South Side, Going West

  2 down escalators
pillar
2 up escalators
passage to lift

West Side, Going South

  gate line
assistance window, not available at opening
billboards

The Passage to the Lift, Going South

East Side

  pillar
glass wall
pillar

West Side, Going South

  help point
blank door
blank wall
fire extinguisher
blank doors
wall
blank door

South End

lift to Level -2, call button left of door

The Passage to St Pancras

This passage is in two sections, the first leads northwest from the Northern Concourse with two rails along the middle and a hand rail to each side, you go down a ramp.

Northeast Side, Going Northwest

  help point
blank doors

Southwest Side

  blank

The rails finish at the foot of the ramp, go through normally open fire doors.

The passage continues with blank walls to each side and a single rail along the middle. You go down a ramp, the rails finish at the bottom. There’s a metal grill in the floor at the bottom of the ramp. The level floor continues for a few metres then a ramp up begins with a central rail. Beyond the top of this ramp is effectively the Level -1 section of St Pancras Station. The right-hand (northeast) wall curves right to widen this space.

Northwest Side, Going Northeast

  steps up to St Pancras Level 0
up escalator
pillar
down escalator
steps down from St Pancras Level 0
passage continues

The passage continues (northwest).

Each Side

  blank

You go up a slight slope, the lift to Level 0 and Level 1 juts in from the right, the call button (up only) is to your right of the door.

The passage curves right (north), you go up a slope.

East Side

  2 blank doors

West Side

  departure screen for St Pancras
blank wall

North End, Going East

  up escalator to St Pancras Level 0
down escalator

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