Disabled access “major priority” in Thameslink’s plans for Luton station


Govia Thameslink, the operator of the rail service that runs through Luton station, has engaged in ‘positive discussions’ about improvements to Luton Train Station.

The plans could provide users of the station with full disabled access, something that is not currently in place.

According to a report from Luton Today, Govia Thameslink is yet to announce the results of its consultation but Cllr Timoney says positive progress is being made on improvements to the station.

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The report goes on to detail how the council has been working closely with Govia Thameslink and Network Rail to bring the proposals forward and how, at a recent meeting with the Department for Transport (DfT), a number of options were discussed for the first phase of improvements, including lifts and stairs to all platforms.

It was reportedly agreed that that the organisations will begin work on the preferred option to install a new bridge, as well as lifts and stairs connecting passengers to all platforms, thus making the station fully accessible.

The aim, from the council’s point of view, is to secure commitment early next year for ‘Access for All’ funding.

Cllr Timoney told Luton Today: “First and foremost I want to thank everyone who has passionately supported the campaign so far. Progress is being made and while we’re still in the early stages, it’s the closest we’ve ever been.”

Adding: “It is also fantastic that both Govia Thameslink and Network Rail are fully behind us and very much working with us and the DfT to deliver much needed improvements to the station, with accessibility being the major priority.”

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