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Major makeover plan for Luton station hits the buffers

Luton station. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Plans to refurbish Luton railway station have hit the buffers after the government turned down a funding application from train operator Thameslink.

It wanted £2.5m to extend the station and build new shops as part of a £10m scheme.

Thameslink says it will still carry out essential repairs but the area's MP Gavin Shuker says it is a slap in the face for the town.

"We are disappointed to learn that our bid for funding to support improvements at Luton station has been unsuccessful.

"However, we are determined to try to find a solution and will work with Network Rail, Luton Borough Council and the Department for Transport to understand how improvements at the station can be made in another way, most likely using a phased approach."

– Roger Perkins, Thameslink.

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