Commuters walking through St Pancras International will see stars and stripes today as the station celebrates partnering with one of the world’s most famous train stations - Grand Central Terminal in New York.
As well as marking the first transatlantic station twinning, the partnership sees two internationally recognised landmarks, Grand Central Terminal and St Pancras International, join forces share information and host themed events.
The stations have followed a similar path since their construction.
Both are considered engineering feats of their time with stunning architecture (beaux-arts at Grand Central Terminal and Victorian at St Pancras), eye catching clocks and reputations as romantic meeting destinations.
Wendy Spinks, commercial director of HS1 International (owners of St Pancras International) said: “To be the first UK train station to partner with a US station is a significant moment for us.
“Grand Central Terminal was one of the inspirations behind our own refurbishment so this partnership further solidifies our already close bond.
“The station is heralded across the world for its stunning architecture and fantastic facilities so it is a perfect match for St Pancras International.”
The mid-1960s saw both Grand Central Terminal and St Pancras International face closure before devoted members of the public fought to save and protect the buildings from future demolition. Subsequent renovations have resulted in the creation of two of the world’s busiest transport hubs and renowned tourist destinations.
Spinks continued: “London and New York are two of the greatest cities on earth and this agreement is a big step in consolidating the capital’s special relationship with the Big Apple.
“We look forward to working closely with the team across the pond to share knowledge throughout the year.”
To mark the launch of the historic agreement, Randall Fleischer, vice president of Grand Central Terminal, made a special trip to the UK to sign the paperwork and see St Pancras in all its glory.
He said: “To be able to visit the station and witness everything underneath the iconic Barlow Shed roof first hand is fantastic.
“Both stations are a must see destination for commuters, tourists and locals whether they are travelling, eating or just taking in the atmosphere so this partnership will no doubt lead to a number of exciting developments for both stations.”