The Anonymous Widower

Stations Reborn As Shopping Destinations

This was a sub-headline in The Times yesterday describing the new policy of Network Rail in transforming stations. Head of Retail at the company is quoted as saying that they want to move away from the likes of McDonalds and Burger King.  As a coeliac, I say good riddance to both of them. At the two stations fully redeveloped in London, they’ve got a Leon at Kings Cross and a champagne bar and Carluccio’s in St. Pancras.  Both stations have proper pubs too. Next for the treatment in London is Waterloo, with Euston and Birmingham to follow. Both of the latter are terrible.

The Head of Retail also talked about removing the stranglehold of W H Smith, a shop of last resort if ever there was one. A French company,  Relay, has been invited to open in Cannon Street.

Stations can’t be improved fast enough, as far as I’m concerned.

March 25, 2012 - Posted by | Food, Transport | , , , , , ,


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