More trains will travel between Grantham and London each day thanks to the new-look King’s Cross station which was opened today.
The Department for Transport has announced there will be “eight new trains every weekday between Grantham and London helped by King’s Cross upgrade”.
The improvements will see an additional five southbound services and three extra northbound services between Grantham and London each weekday, increasing the East Coast service from 57 to 65 trains per day. This includes an additional two morning peak services from Grantham to London each weekday, increasing total morning peak service to eight per day.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin marked the completion of the £550 million redevelopment of King’s Cross Station when he officially opened King’s Cross Square today.
He said: “I have been travelling to and from my Derbyshire Constituency for years and I remember when King’s Cross and St Pancras were not places you would hang around. Now it is a destination in its own right.
“The official opening of King’s Cross Square marks the completion of one of the largest station modernisation projects across our national rail network and one of the government’s top infrastructure projects. With more platforms, a redesigned concourse and improved facilities, work at this iconic station has transformed the experience of thousands of rail passengers travelling into London for the better.
“It has also been the catalyst for one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe, attracting £2.2 billion of private investment and allowing the ongoing development of more than 60 acres of brown-field land into offices and retail space and the construction of 2,000 new homes for Londoners.
“Major investment in our railways is just one part of a pipeline of over £100 billion worth of public investment in infrastructure projects over the next parliament announced by government earlier this year. By investing in our infrastructure we are helping build growth in our economy over the long term.”