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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 April, 2004, 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK
St Pancras closes for three years
Midland Mainline train
Passengers will have to change at Luton
Train passengers heading to London are facing disruption as work begins on the new high speed Channel Tunnel rail link.

St. Pancras Station in London is set to become the centre of the new link and work on the 5.2bn project is due to be completed in 2007.

The work means the station will close for three years.

Commuters will change trains at Luton until Monday when a temporary station near St Pancras is due to open.

New name

The project, led by Japanese construction contractor Nishimatsu-Cementation Skanska, is estimated to take three more years to complete.

Midland Mainline, which runs a service to the capital via the East Midlands, says travellers will arrive in London at a station being built 300 yards to the north of the existing one.

St Pancras station

Work on the 70-mile Channel Tunnel link has involved the use of two drills each the length of a football pitch to create a five-mile stretch of tunnel under London.

One of the drills used in the original Channel Tunnel project is being auctioned on eBay.

The new link will reduce the time it takes passengers to reach other European cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne and Brussels.

Train operator Eurostar has decided the name of the 19th Century station is too obscure - and needs be changed.

London Central and London International are possible options for the new name.




SEE ALSO:
St Pancras closure is end of era
11 Apr 04  |  London
Rail link tunnel breaks through
27 Jan 04  |  London


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