Whilst the world was focussed on these and many other events the channel tunnel rail link ctrl as part of the thameslink programme was quietly digging underground constructing two bored tunnels between the east coast main line ecml at belle isle junction just north of kings cross and the st pancras low level station at canal junction. The tunnels then lay.
Canal tunnels thameslink. Thameslink s canal tunnels opened today. Passing under the regents canal the tunnels connect the east coast main line near kings cross to the thameslink route with services from cambridge and peterborough that started in february 2018. When i was at kings cross station early this morning i asked a guy from the information desk if the problem was with the canal tunnels which will connect thameslink to the east coast main line and which i photographed in this post he said that the problem was in that area.
The full timetable will begin in may. Pancras canal tunnels link in a somewhat uncharacteristic piece of forward planning tunnels were dug under the regents canal to link the thameslink core to the ecml during the engineering works to link high speed 1 hs1 to st. Posts about canal tunnels written by anonw.
A sustainable thameslink programme. The canal tunnels project is a vital component of the overall thameslink programme. The canal tunnels were the first piece of thameslink programme infrastructure to be constructed albeit by another project with good foresight shown for the overall development of london s transport network by the mayor at the time to ensure that the two tunnels would be ready and in place for when the thameslink programme started.
The canal tunnels were constructed between 2004 and 2006 as part of the high speed 1 redevelopment of st pancras station. The canal tunnels are a pair of single track railway tunnels in north london which connect the east coast main line to st pancras low level railway station their name comes from the regent s canal which they pass closely beneath. It will deliver the infrastructure required to run up to 24 trains per hour per direction in the core.
The new north south services began operating through the inter linking tunnels between st. Pancras and belle isle junction near king s cross. In this video thameslink programme s kirsty young head of sustainability and consents and simon blanchflower major programme director discuss the importance of sustainability to the blackfriars farringdon and london bridge stations projects.
Constructed as one element of the overarching thameslink programme the canal tunnels enabled trains to travel directly from peterborough and cambridge to st. The thameslink canal tunnels are part of a scheme to enable thameslink services from peterborough and king s lynn to travel south of the thames and return. The problems at kings cross.
Initially the service consists of just three trains a day in each direction.