The Reading / Listening - Railway Stations - Level 2

A London railway station is the best station in Europe. The station is London St Pancras, also called St Pancras International. It is an international station because of the Eurostar trains to France, Belgium and Holland. St Pancras was named the best station by the Consumer Choice Centre (CCC), which asks passengers every year about their opinions on Europe's stations. There are questions on a survey about ease of access, cleanliness, connectivity, friendliness of staff, and platforms. There is also a question about the number of days station staff went on strike.



St Pancras is the only UK station in the top ten. Zurich Central was number two and Leipzig Central came in third. Five of the top ten stations are in Germany. They were Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Munich. The CCC commented on the beauty of St Pancras. It said: "St Pancras does not just look like a station from another world, it also leads this index as Europe's best railway station." It gave points to stations that went to great destinations on the continent and had a mix of shops, restaurants and services. St Pancras was built in a gothic style and opened in 1868.

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Sources
  • https://www.cityam.com/london-st-pancras-tops-list-of-europes-best-train-stations/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-8024183/The-best-railway-stations-Europe-named-Londons-St-Pancras-International-No1.html
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/europe-best-train-stations-st-pancras-london-uk-germany-railway-a9344696.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the best station
  2. It is an international
  3. Eurostar trains to
  4. their opinions on Europe's
  5. ease of
  6. friendliness
  7. a question about the
  8. staff went
  1. access
  2. number of days
  3. station
  4. on strike
  5. in Europe
  6. stations
  7. France
  8. of staff

Paragraph 2

  1. the only UK station in
  2. Zurich Central was
  3. Five of the top
  4. commented on the beauty
  5. look like a station from
  6. went to great destinations
  7. a mix of shops, restaurants
  8. St Pancras was built in a
  1. and services
  2. ten stations
  3. gothic style
  4. number two
  5. on the continent
  6. the top ten
  7. another world
  8. of St Pancras

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A London (1) ___________________ the best station in Europe. The station is London St Pancras, also called St Pancras International. It is an international station (2) _________________ Eurostar trains to France, Belgium and Holland. St Pancras was (3) ___________________ station by the Consumer Choice Centre (CCC), which asks passengers every year about (4) ___________________ Europe's stations. There are questions on a survey about (5) ___________________, cleanliness, connectivity, friendliness of staff, and platforms. There is also a question about the number of days station staff (6) ___________________.

St Pancras is the only UK station in (7) ___________________. Zurich Central was number two and Leipzig Central (8) ___________________. Five of the top ten stations are in Germany. They were Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Munich. The CCC commented on (9) ___________________ St Pancras. It said: "St Pancras does not (10) ___________________ a station from another world, it also leads this index as Europe's best railway station." It gave points to stations that went to great destinations on the continent and (11) ___________________ of shops, restaurants and services. St Pancras was (12) ___________________ gothic style and opened in 1868.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ALondonrailwaystationisthebeststationinEurope.ThestationisLondo
nStPancras,alsocalledStPancrasInternational.Itisaninternationalsta
tionbecauseoftheEurostartrainstoFrance,BelgiumandHolland.StPan
craswasnamedthebeststationbytheConsumerChoiceCentre(CCC),w
hichaskspassengerseveryyearabouttheiropinionsonEurope'sstation
s.Therearequestionsonasurveyabouteaseofaccess,cleanliness,conn
ectivity,friendlinessofstaff,andplatforms.Thereisalsoaquestionabou
tthenumberofdaysstationstaffwentonstrike.StPancrasistheonlyUKs
tationinthetopten.ZurichCentralwasnumbertwoandLeipzigCentralc
ameinthird.FiveofthetoptenstationsareinGermany.TheywereBerlin,
Frankfurt,Hamburg,LeipzigandMunich.TheCCCcommentedonthebe
autyofStPancras.Itsaid:"StPancrasdoesnotjustlooklikeastationfrom
anotherworld,italsoleadsthisindexasEurope'sbestrailwaystation."It
gavepointstostationsthatwenttogreatdestinationsonthecontinentan
dhadamixofshops,restaurantsandservices.StPancraswasbuiltinagot
hicstyleandopenedin1868.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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