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CTRL faces £50M bill for loss of 24 hour working

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CHANNEL TUNNEL Rail Link bosses should spend £50M more on the project rather than subject residents near London's St Pancras station to 24 hour working, Camden Council said this week.

The Council is opposing an application for 24 hour working from CTRL Section 2 client Union Railways North (URN).

URN says it needs to work 24 hours a day intermittently during the construction of an underground station box for the Thameslink railway line and other CTRL related work (News last week). But it needs planning permission to do so.

Speaking at the last day of the public inquiry into the 24 hour working plan, Camden argued that night work would increase the distress faced by residents over the next three years. They already contend with dust, noise and heavy traffic caused by CTRL work.

Representing the London Borough of Camden, Stephen Hockman QC said: 'The cost of the delay to URN would only really be loss of revenue, but the effect on residents would be wholly unacceptable.'

A list of appeasement measures was put to URN by residents last week.

'The majority of these were not accepted and the offer on the table from URN is very poor indeed, ' said residents' counsel, William Upton.

These measures include double glazing, financial compensation, temporary rehousing, noise control and working hours restrictions.

The planning inspector is due to make a decision within the next week.

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