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Railtrack shunts forward on integrated transport schemes

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Railtrack has unveiled a £48 million programme to upgrade its Thameslink railway stations and in the future build hotels, leisure facilities, retail and residential on brownfield land alongside.

The stations in question are Luton - a £26 million rebuild by Holder Mathias Alcock to face a new pedestrian square and re-orientated bus station; West Hampstead - a £20 million rebuild of two stations and improved public- transport links by The Oxford Architects Partnership with Challinor Associates; and Elstree and Borehamwood - a £2 million replacement of the run-down building, also by Oxford Architects Partnership. At Luton, perhaps to take advantage of the growth of the airport, there are associated plans for a 100-bed hotel, 3000m2 retail and leisure elements and a 8500m2 retail park; at West Hampstead new shops, restaurants and 166 new homes; and at Elstree and Borehamwood a three-storey office building and bus interchange.

Construction work could start early next year, and plans are also afoot to redevelop St Albans station.

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