Grand Central and St Pancras in station twinning

St Pancras and Grand Central Terminal, two of the world’s most iconic railway stations, have signed a formal partnership designed to help share best practice.

On May 14, the two became station partners – the first transatlantic station twinning of its kind.

Grand Central, which is the world’s biggest station in terms of platform numbers, was the first station to use an electrical signalling system.

Grand Central and St Pancras were both rescued from demolition in the 1960s thanks to very public campaigns in New York and London.

Wendy Spinks, commercial director of HS1 International ltd – 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 cements 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.”

During a visit to the London station, vice president of Grand Central Terminal Randy Fleischer 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.”