Press release -
Thameslink’s Luton Airport Parkway station comes of age
Luton Airport Parkway station has 'come of age' and is celebrating its 21st birthday this month.
The station was opened in November 1999 to serve Luton Airport. Nine years later it became the first on the north Thameslink route to have its platforms extended to accommodate longer 12-carriage trains as part of the Thameslink Programme (see picture). In April 2013, a new northern entrance was also opened on Kimpton Road.
Thameslink's upgraded rail service has provided thousands of additional rush hour seats each day on new, longer trains which feature air-conditioning, dedicated areas for the disabled, and the latest on-board passenger information.
The station's lifts have also just been replaced in collaboration with Network Rail, to improve reliability.
Thameslink and Great Northern Managing Director Tom Moran said: "We've made great changes here to improve the service. The £7bn Thameslink Programme - a collaboration between Thameslink, Network Rail and the Department for Transport - has brought passengers longer platforms and, with it, longer, modern air-conditioned trains, which have transformed our passengers' journeys.
"Luton Airport Parkway is more than just a gateway to the airport; it is also used by thousands of commuters in normal times and, now, key workers. I'm proud of the work our station manager, Joe, and his team have been doing to keep people moving through the pandemic."
Station Manager Joe Healy, who celebrated the birthday with some individually wrapped cakes for his team, said: "I love this station. We have a great team here and some wonderful customers. It's very quiet at the moment with lockdown and the situation at the airport but we're here day-in, day-out keeping our services running for those who need it."
Passengers who need to travel can do so with confidence as long as they follow the golden rule of hands (wash or sanitise your hands before and after each journey), face (wear a face covering - it's the law), and space (maintain social distance wherever possible). Thameslink's long-lasting viruscide and more than 100 additional cleaners are keeping stations and trains clean, as demonstrated in lab tests (see press release below).
Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
- Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London and Sevenoaks
- Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
- Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
- Gatwick Express – fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria