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King's Cross Station cash hinges on new Thameslink inquiry


RELEASE OF £30M of government cash to finish London's new King's Cross Thameslink station was this week understood to hinge on a second public inquiry into the Thameslink 2000 project.

The inquiry is now expected to start in early September.

The underground box for the new station is under construction beneath St Pancras station, as part of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project and it is due for completion in May.

Construction of the station box is the key component of CTRL project manager Rail Link Engineering's £700M Area 10 works immediately around St Pancras Station.

Work also involves constructing and connecting two sections of bored tunnel to reroute the Thameslink line under the north eastern approaches to St Pancras station and through the box.

'In the overall scheme of things it (£30M) is not a huge amount of money, ' said a spokesman for Thameslink operator Go-Ahead.

Thamelink 2000 will boost north-south services through King's Cross from eight to 24 per hour, linking 15 major towns north and south of central London.

It has been on hold since January 2003 when deputy prime minister John Prescott ordered Network Rail to resubmit the environmental impact statement for the line.

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