Work has started at St Albans Station, marking a further milestone in the Thameslink Programme.
The station is now undergoing work to extend its platforms, following the completion of similar work at Luton Airport Parkway.
The new fleet of longer 12-carriage trains – to be introduced from 2012 – call for the building of 4km of new platforms at stations along the Thameslink route.
At St Albans, platforms 1, 2 and 4 will be extended by around 45m while platform 3 will grow by 72.3m.
The best possible experience
Jim Morgan, managing director of First Capital Connect, which manages St Albans, said the station is “our busiest station outside London”. “We want to give our customers the best possible experience at St Albans,” he said.
Network Rail Thameslink Programme director Jim Crawford said: “The congestion-busting Thameslink expansion will deliver what passengers need – more capacity, more seats and less crowding.”
St Albans has also recently undergone a £5M makeover, which has included a larger station entrance, a new car park, more CCTV and lighting, a low-level ticket counter for wheelchair users and new lifts for step-free access to all platforms.
The renovation is now nearing completion, and the platform extensions are expected to be completed next summer.