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Thameslink work gets underway

Work on the £5.5 billion Thameslink project kicked off today with Network Rail’s project to extend platforms at Luton Airport Parkway station.

The 12-month build is the first of 23 platform extensions along the Thameslink route and will see all four platforms extended by 80 metres.

Andrew Mitchell, Thameslink programme director for Network Rail, said: “Today is the start of a long-sought after scheme which will deliver what passengers need; more seats, less crowding, more direct services and better connections in London.

"This is now not an aspiration; it is happening right now, here today. Network Rail will be working closely with First Capital Connect to deliver these improvements at Luton Airport Parkway.”