Destination shopping.... at a train station

Jul 21, 2017, 04:28 PM

There was a time when you went to a train station simply to catch a train, but now travel is seen as a prime selling opportunity. It's got to the point where some stations and airports have become shopping destinations in their own right.

Along one wall of King's Cross station in London, half hour queues from of Harry Potter fans paying £9.50 have their photos taken next to a 'Platform 9 3/4' sign. Next door a shop dedicated to the boy wizard does a brisk trade. On top of this there are dozens of options for buying drinks, snacks, headphones and last minute gifts. But has it all gone too far?

Business in transport hubs is good for the retailers, but do stations and airports provide travelers with enough of the basics, like somewhere to sit down comfortably?