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Kings Cross National Rail
London Kings Cross
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Kings Cross station departures
Kings Cross is located in Central London
Kings Cross
Kings Cross
Location of Kings Cross in Central London
Location Kings Cross
Local authority London Borough of Camden
Managed by Network Rail
Owner Network Rail
Station code KGX
Number of platforms 12
Accessible Yes
Fare zone 1
OSI King's Cross St. Pancras London Underground
London St Pancras Int'l National Rail
London Euston London Overground National Rail
Key dates
1852 Kings Cross station opened
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Train pulling up to the platform.

King's Cross station is an important railway station in London. It is also the home of the King's Cross St. Pancras tube station, which it shares with the nearby St Pancras station.


King's Cross railway station first opened in 1852. Plans to make the station were made as early as 1848 by George Turnbull. A detailed design was made by Lewis Cubitt.


The station is located on the north-eastern edge of Central London, where the A501 Euston Road and York Way cross. It is in the Kings Cross district, within the London Borough of Camden, and on the border of the London Borough of Islington.

King's Cross forms the southern terminus of the East Coast Main Line, one of the UK's major railway stations. It was the major terminus of the LNER: the London and North-Eastern Railway Ltd. Immediately to its west is St Pancras station, the terminus for international Eurostar trains.

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