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Thameslink completion cash depends on outcome of September inquiry

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RELEASE OF £30M in government cash to fi nish London's new King's Cross Thameslink station is understood to hinge on a second public inquiry into the long-delayed Thameslink 2000 project. The inquiry is now expected to start in early September.

The underground box for the new station is being built beneath St Pancras station as part of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project and 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 building 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.

Thameslink 2000 will boost northsouth services through Kings 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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