Virtual Journey - Luton Parkway to London St Pancras
Leg 8 - Luton Parkway to London St Pancras with Train Simulator 2016
The next part of the joutney picks up wehere we left off at London Luton airport. Making a short walk over to the train station Luton Parkway the journey is now ready to enter the capital of the UK London. Train simulator 2016 is used for this leg of the journey.
Map of the Route
Luton Airport Parkway railway station is the railway station for London Luton Airport in Bedfordshire, England. The station is situated approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the airport, to which it is linked by a frequent shuttle bus service.
The station is located on the Midland Main Line and is served by Thameslink and East Midlands Trains. From the station, services are available north to Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Leicester, Derby and Nottingham. Passengers can also travel south to London, Wimbledon, Sutton, London Gatwick Airport and Brighton.
The station was opened in 1999, specifically to serve Luton Airport. Initially it was linked to the airport by free shuttle buses operated by National Car Parks on behalf of the airport's owners.
In November 2008, the station became the first on the Thameslink route to have its platforms extended in order to accommodate twelve-coach trains as part of the Thameslink Programme.In April 2013, a new northern entrance was opened on Kimpton Road, Luton.
The typical off-peak service from this station is as follows:
4 trains per hour (tph) to Brighton via London and Gatwick Airport (Thameslink)
2 tph to Sutton via London and Wimbledon (Thameslink)
1 tph to London St Pancras International only (East Midlands Trains)
2 tph to Luton only (Thameslink)
4 tph to Bedford (all stations) (Thameslink)
1 tph to Nottingham via Leicester (fast to Bedford) (East Midlands Trains)
There are also peak-time services by the jointly run Thameslink and Southeastern trains running from Bedford to Sevenoaks.
Other East Midlands Trains services, from Leeds, Sheffield and Derby, run through at high speed, but do sometimes stop. Interchange with these services can be made at Leicester and St Pancras.
Shuttle service to London Luton Airport
The station is connected to London Luton Airport by a shuttle bus which takes 10 minutes for the journey. Services run every 10 minutes during the day and connect with all trains calling at the station overnight. The service is provided by Thameslink, and through booking to the airport is available from all National Rail stations. Passengers without through tickets must pay an additional fare to use the buses.
London St Pancras
St Pancras railway station, also known as London St Pancras and since 2007 as St Pancras International,is a central London railway terminus and Grade I listed building located on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden.
Widely known for its Victorian architecture, the station stands between the British Library, King's Cross station and the Regent's Canal. It was opened in 1868 by the Midland Railway as the southern terminus of its main line which connected London with the East Midlands and Yorkshire. When it opened, the arched Barlow train shed was the largest single-span roof in the world.
After escaping planned demolition in the 1960s, the complex was renovated and expanded from 2001 to 2007 at a cost of £800 million with a ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth II and extensive publicity introducing it as a public space. A security-sealed terminal area was constructed for Eurostar services to continental Europe via High Speed 1 and the Channel Tunnel, with platforms for domestic trains to the north and south-east of England. The restored station has 15 platforms, a shopping centre and a coach facility, and is served by London Underground's King's Cross St. Pancras station. St Pancras is owned by HS1 and is managed by Network Rail (High Speed), a subsidiary of Network Rail.
The station is the terminus for East Midlands Trains services from London to Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, and smaller towns en route, and for Eurostar's high-speed trains to Paris, Brussels and Lille. Thameslink trains on the cross-London Thameslink route call at platforms beneath the main station, south to Gatwick Airport and Brighton and north to Luton Airport Parkway for Luton Airport and Bedford. High-speed domestic services to Kent, run by Southeastern, began in December 2009.
St Pancras is often termed the "cathedral of the railways", and includes two of the most celebrated structures built in Britain in the Victorian era. The train shed, completed in 1868 by the engineer William Henry Barlow, was the largest single-span structure built up to that time. The frontage of the station is formed by the former Midland Grand Hotel, designed by George Gilbert Scott, an example of Victorian Gothic architecture, now occupied by the five-star Renaissance London Hotel and apartments.
The terminal is one of relatively few railway stations in England to feature multilingual signage; all notices are written in English and French.
The station was commissioned by the Midland Railway. Before the 1860s, the company had a network of routes in the Midlands, and in south and west Yorkshire and Lancashire but no route of its own to the capital. Up to 1857 the company had no line into London, and used the lines of the London and North Western Railway for trains into the capital; after 1857 the company's Leicester and Hitchin Railway gave access to London via the Great Northern Railway.
Train Simulator 2016
London to Bedford Route for Train Simulator
Video of the journey
Screenshots of the journey Luton Parkway to London St Pancras