This is the latest news from St Pancras International…
Monday 04 June 2018
'Station Matters', St. Pancras’ first customer satisfaction survey… we’d love to hear from you!
Thursday 31 May 2018
A Victorian drinking fountain which provided clean drinking water to Londoners in the 1870s reopened for public use at St Pancras International today, after extensive restoration by the station’s owners.
The reopening of the fountain, which originally helped overcome cholera epidemics in the capital, coincided with London History Day and forms part of St Pancras International’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
The fountain was originally installed by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association, the forebearers of today’s Drinking Fountain Association. The fountain’s restoration was completed with specialist conservation masonry undertaken by Chichester Stone Works and supported through a grant by the Railway Heritage Trust.
You can find the fountain at the southern end of Pancras Road.
Wednesday 25 April 2018
The 17th May marks the station jukebox's 1st anniversary. St. Pancras International has always had a unique link to music with the likes of Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran and John Legend performing for station visitors in recent years. Like the pianos, St. Pancras' jukebox is free to use and enjoy.
You can choose from an eclectic mix of music however the year's top 5 artists seem to be:
The jukebox seems to be a welcome asset to the station, and we hope you continue to play your favourite tracks!
Monday 23 April 2018
Continuing a strong and sustaining partnership with the Betjeman Poetry Prize, HS1, the owners of St. Pancras International has agreed to donate £5000 as a new prize to the school (or local library of a home schooled child) of the winning young poet of the 2018 Betjeman Poetry Prize!
Previously, winning schools/libraries received £500. With current schooling budgets stretched to the max, we hope that the increased donation this year makes a positive impact on the winning poet's school or library.
Imogen Lycett Green, Director of the Betjeman Poetry Prize showed her particular appreciation to Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director of HS1, and Estelle Hirrien, Marketing Manager, "for their imagination and sense of adventure. They see St Pancras International becoming a valuable ‘poetry platform’ for poets, performers and the public. The Betjeman Poetry Prize is thrilled to play a part in that vision."
All entrants must be 10-13 years old and submit their poems here by Tuesday 31st July. Good luck!
Tuesday 10 April 2018
The Royal Academy of Arts and HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International) today revealed a major site-specific installation, I Want My Time With You, 2018, by Royal Academician Tracey Emin for Terrace Wires, the station’s public commissioning programme for new artwork by leading international artists.
Depicting the words, ‘I Want My Time With You’ in Emin’s signature handwriting, the light installation is suspended above the Grand Terrace beneath the DENT London clock, hanging on wires from the station’s Grade 1 listed Barlow shed roof. At 20 meters long, the artwork is the largest text piece ever made by the artist and will remain on display until the end of the year.
Wednesday 04 April 2018
HS1 Ltd welcomes the start of direct Eurostar services from St Pancras International to Amsterdam today. With journey times of 3hr01 to Rotterdam and 3hr41 to Amsterdam, Eurostar is using High Speed 1 to transform the connection between London and these key destinations.
Dyan Crowther, Chief Executive of HS1 Ltd, said: “We have been delighted to support Eurostar in the introduction of this fast connection to one of Europe’s most dynamic capital cities. High Speed 1 has the capacity and we look forward to working with Eurostar and other international operators on the launch of many new and exciting routes in the years ahead.”
Thursday 29 March 2018
On Thursday 29th March St. Pancras International celebrated International Piano Day by welcoming a number of scheduled pianists to play the station's iconic Sir Elton John piano, scheduled artists included Joe Armon Jones, ARK, Johan Hugosson, Laurel and the West End Choir.
As well as planned performances, pianists of all abilities were encouraged to play the keys and take advantage of some free piano lessons.
Commuters and station visitors stopped to watch some very talented pianists and take in the atmosphere. The event was also streamed LIVE on Facebook.com/StPancrasInt.
Monday 19 March 2018
Over 50 bespoke dog kennels are being showcased at venues in central and east London, including a unique collection of doggy dream-homes on display at St. Pancras International. Before being auctioned off on 26th April at The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel to support The Blue Cross, you can find the individually designed kennels in the station by the Betjeman Statue on the upper concourse. Pooches welcome to come visit!
Tuesday 14 November 2017
High Speed 1 (HS1) is celebrating its 10th birthday today with record passenger numbers and exceptional passenger satisfaction, unrivaled punctuality and a marked impact on Kent’s economy.
To mark the milestone HS1 Ltd, the company that owns and operates HS1, has published a report today by entitled ‘10 Businesses at 10 Years’, which can be viewed here. The report presents real life examples of how HS1 has helped 10 of the most exciting businesses in Kent to grow and prosper. An accompanying survey of leading Kent businesses showed that:
91% of those asked said that their business has benefited from HS1
89% said that HS1 has made Kent a more attractive place to set up a business
Over one third said that HS1 was a factor when choosing to set up their business in Kent
Over 80% said that HS1 had helped their business grow
100% said that HS1 will play an important role in the future growth of Kent
Dyan Crowther, CEO of HS1 Ltd, said: “As the nation’s first and only high speed railway, HS1 has been a catalyst for growth, generating economic, cultural and social value in the regions it serves and the UK more widely.”
“We believe that high speed rail is essential to the nation’s future growth, improving connectivity and bringing people closer together than ever before. We are proud to be flying the flag for British high-speed rail and see HS1 as a model for the future.”
Passengers using HS1 have doubled since launch, with services carrying over 20 million domestic and international passengers in 2016 alone. With an unrivaled average delay per train of less than five seconds, and passenger satisfaction on the domestic service at 93%, HS1 has proven itself to be a world class high speed rail service.
Paul Wookey, Chief Executive of investment promotion agency Locate in Kent, said: “Since the launch of HS1 we have seen a substantial increase in the number of businesses wanting to invest and base themselves in Kent.”
“HS1 offers outstanding connectivity to London and Europe, making the county a highly desirable place to live, work and do business. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with HS1 as we help the Kent business community reach its full potential.”
For further information please contact Leonie Martin 020 3327 4050 or email email@example.com
The survey results are based on responses from 33 leading companies in Kent.