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Thameslink project gets off to a start

Work on the £3.5bn Thameslink upgrade project will begin next week, with the first of the capacity-building platform extensions at Luton Parkway.
The work at Luton, will extend platforms from the current eight-cars capacity up to 12 cars. It is the first of around 50 stations on the Thameslink line, north of London, that will need platform extensions.

Major civils work to build a new double-track viaduct carrying over Borough Market is also scheduled to begin in 2008. This section of the contract has been the most contentious among residents and traders in Borough.

However, the work will be completed by 2011, ready for the Olympic Games. The new viaduct will eliminate a significant bottleneck, and allow an estimated extra 10,000 peak-hour seats, thanks to longer cars and greater frequency.

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