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King's Cross northern ticket hall to go ahead

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CONSTRUCTION OF the £250M northern ticket hall at London's King's Cross Underground station is to go ahead, transport minister Tony McNulty confirmed this week.

The project has been on hold since January last year when then transport minister Kim Howells ordered a cost review by consultant Mott Parsons Gibb (NCE 5 February 2004).

McNulty also backed Network Rail's plans for a new western concourse directly above the ticket hall. Network Rail will submit a planning application to the London Borough of Camden.

The combined cost is estimated at £400M and will meet projected passenger growth to 50M passengers using the overground station each year within 10 years.

The King's Cross underground station is undergoing a major restructuring in line with recommendations following the 1987 fire, and to increase capacity.

A new western subsurface ticket hall and refurbishment of the existing underground hall are key features.

The northern hall expands capacity by adding new deep line access and links to St Pancras railway station and the LondonParis high speed train platforms currently under construction for the second phase of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

London's mayor Ken Livingstone welcomed the announcement, saying it was timely in the week the International Olympic Committee was visiting London.

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