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Cash boost raises hopes for King's Cross ticket hall

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HOPES FOR the completion of the £250M northern ticket hall at London Underground's King's Cross station rose this week after more money was allocated for the project.

After allocating the cash, the Department for Transport (DfT) said that a decision on the construction of a new northern ticket hall would be made by the end of year.

The project has been on hold since January when then transport minister Kim Howells announced a review of phase two of the station redevelopment (NCE 5 February) Consultant Mott Parsons Gibb was commissioned to carry out the review. It produced a report in the summer and this is now being reviewed by DfT officials.

Money for the northern ticket hall was part of an extra £20M allocated for improvements at Kings Cross.

This means that that if the project is given the go-ahead work can proceed without the need for further budget reshuffling.

The extra King's Cross funds emerged as the department revealed on Monday that its 2004/5 budget had been increased by £192M.

Most of the increase goes towards for work on a new £400M Eurostar train servicing depot in east London.

Work on the depot has been brought forward to ensure it will be ready in time for the 2007 full opening of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

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