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Not so strange

I refer to Antony Oliver's article in NCE 4 February reflecting on the Government announcement authorising the London Underground works at King's Cross. The scheme to which Peter Brettell was referring has long since been modified to meet LUL's requirements should the second stage of CTRL not be built.

The article also goes on to state: 'CTRL is a commercial venture by a commercial company - to have vital works on the tube, particularly those relating to safety, dependent on its progress must be seen as a strange way to run the network'. This is not the case.

The LUL phase one scheme, provides all the infrastructure to deal with the congestion in the Tube Ticket Hall and 'ring passage', and provides improved station operating facilities, better accessibility for people with restricted mobility, two new escalators to the tube lines and a significant increase in access/egress and ticketing facilities for both the Metropolitan and the Circle Lines.

The LUL phase two works are only required should CTRL stage two be constructed resulting in increased passenger numbers from Thameslink 2000, Eurostar Services and CTRL 'domestic' services into St Pancras.

Geoff Virrels (M), Programme Manager, Project Management Services, London Underground Ltd,

30 The South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EU

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