In 2004 Laing Rail, owners of Chiltern Railways, produced plans for a low-cost railway operating from Dunstable, It would have required a cross-platform change at Luton.
But Luton Borough Council with support from the Government has built a guided busway along the route. Construction costs were reported to have risen £4 million over budget in May 2013 but Luton Borough Council has said the project is within budget. The Government has given £80 million of taxpayers' money to this ill-conceived and backward-looking project.
Railfuture believes that the rail option would have been preferable.
here) of the big day. [Sorry about the advert; fbb can't get rid of it!] It was published on-line by the local paper; but perhaps positively provided by the "line's" proponents - there's barely a whisper of "anti".
But let's start in 1858:-
Passenger services ceased in stages in the mid to late 1960s but the track remained in place until about 1990 and was used occasionally for freight. It was the longevity of the tracks that encouraged many locals to campaign long and hard for a re-opened "proper" rail branch.