Luton station revamp hinges on bid for £2.5m bounty

Luton railway station
Luton railway station

The long-awaited redevelopment of Luton railway station may finally go ahead – should the government give a bid for £2.5 million the green light.

In a month’s time the Department for Transport will decide whether or not to dip into a special fund to approve a bid from Govia Thameslink Railway for the cash.

The funding is seen as the last piece in the jigsaw for an overall £10.5m scheme to revamp the town’s much-maligned central station, which was identified as one of the country’s worst in a 2010 DfT study.

Previous redevelopment plans were scrapped when funding was pulled after the 2010 General Election.

The new proposals are centred around an extension to the front of the station and an improved retail offering.

Efforts to improve the station’s accessibility are also ongoing.

A GTR spokesperson said: “Funding from the Government’s Access For All fund has already been agreed in principle for lifts to all platforms, and Network Rail is working up this design and its associated costs for approval.

“The council has also made a contribution to improve access of £1.5m and Thameslink has secured National Stations Improvement Programme funding for an additional £2 m to support the station works.

“With our partners we are working hard to secure the funding to give Luton residents the station they deserve.”