CONSTRUCTION OF the Northern Ticket Hall at Kings Cross station has finally been given the go-ahead, London mayor Ken Livingstone announced last week.
Delay to the project has caused by a two-year cost cutting exercise by the Department for Transport and has resulted in a £78M cost increase.
Work on the £275M project was put on hold in January 2004 when costs began to spiral (NCE 4 March 2004).
But the Department for Transport has finally accepted the scheme now costing £353M.
The £78M increase is said to be largely due to design and scope changes.
'Changes are a result of the integration of the Northern Ticket Hall with the Network Rail Western Concourse, and include relocation of the escalator box, and the ventilation shaft, ' said a spokesman.
Balfour Beatty will carry out the £115M construction of the ticket hall box.
The 300m of tunnel links, valued at £55M, has been awarded to MBJV, a joint venture between Morgan Est and Beton-und Monierbau.
Balfour Beatty said it would start work on the ticket hall this summer with completion expected by 2011.