London Luton Airport limited (LLAL) has announced plans to build a new 24-hour light rail link between Luton Airport Parkway station and the airport terminal, marking another crucial milestone in the transformation of the airport.
Plans have been confirmed for a mass passenger transit (MPT) system, similar to those already in use at Gatwick and Birmingham airports, to replace the current bus service.
This new service is due to be operational in 2020 and will make it easier and quicker for passengers to reach the airport terminal, improving the journey for more than 2 million passengers who presently travel to London Luton Airport (LLA) by train.
The light rail link is part of a broader rail connectivity improvement plan, which aims to introduce a 20 minute express rail service with four fast trains per hour between LLA and central London as part of the upcoming East Midlands rail franchise. LLA is also currently working with Transport for London to add the airport to the Oyster network which will help ensure smooth connections for passengers travelling by rail.
Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said: “Improving rail links is a crucial part of LLA’s development, and integral to ensure that we provide the best service possible for all our passengers. The creation of a light rail link between Parkway station and the terminal is a significant milestone in the airport’s transformation and the first step towards creating a world-class air-rail service. We will continue to work hard to increase the number of fast train services and add the airport to the Oyster card network.”
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