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Thameslink In Good News Shocker

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By M@ Last edited 135 months ago
Thameslink In Good News Shocker
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Everyone’s seen that airy glass box at the back of St Pancras, right? The efficient but soulless terminus for Midland Mainline trains. Well, you may have noticed that it contains a set of cordoned-off escalators that never open. Where do they go? To borrow from Bill Murray in Ghostbusters: they go down.

Down into an eerie concrete box beneath St Pancras. Down into a recently built chamber intended as a future stop for Thameslink trains. However, with the increasingly laughable Thameslink2000 project still languishing in inertia, fears were growing that London had just built its first 21st Century ghost station.

But no. A £63 million cash injection from the government appears to have saved the day. If everything goes according to plan (ha!), the new station will be up and running by the end of 2007. The godawful Kings Cross Thameslink on Pentonville Road, whose only cheery feature is that delightful SMILE connecting tunnel, will close as a result.

Looks like the magic word ‘Olympics’ opened a few doors at the treasury. The new station will have direct access to the (currently foetal) St Pancras International as well as the (currently gametic) Olympic Javelin trains to Stratford.

Work will begin this summer to transform the empty box into something with all the goodness a growing station needs, such as platforms, snack machines and yellow lines.

Last Updated 08 February 2006

Tony

It is excellent news indeed.

Just a detail; the new escalators below the current Midland terminus don't go to the Thameslink box but to a subway which runs under Pancras Road and will enter into a new Underground ticket hall (the Northern Ticket Hall), which hasn't been built yet but will be shortly. (Not to be confused with the new Western Ticket Hall under the St Pancras forecourt at Euston Road. This opens in a matter of weeks.)

Thameslink will be on the western (Midland Road) side of St Pancras, in a similar position but the other side of the Eurostar platforms. But it doesn't have escalators down yet, this is part of the package announced today.

M@

Cheers for the correction, Tony. It's a warren under KC/St Pancras.

Tony

No worries- it is a rabbit's warren indeed!