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Luton Airport plans new rail link

13 May 2016 07:44

London Luton Airport welcomed over 1m passengers last month

London Luton Airport welcomed over 1m passengers last month

Holidaymakers will soon be able to travel from central London to London Luton Airport in under half-an-hour, thanks to a new rail connection.

Airport bosses say the 1.4-mile mass passenger transit (MPT) link will make the St Pancras-Luton trip among the quickest connecting inner London with airports on the periphery.

The scheme will link Luton Airport Parkway's train terminal with the airport itself by the start of the next decade if it gets planning permission.

This will replace the current bus shuttle and slash times from 15 minutes to under five, making the overall journey to London under 30 minutes.

It is hoped that the link will persuade more tourists to choose public transport over private cars.

The work is being applied for to meet rapidly increasing demand. London Luton is Britain's fastest-growing airport. By the year the rail link is completed, the airport expects to be dealing with a 50% hike in passenger numbers.

The rail link's timetable

  • Autumn 2016: the airport is likely to submit its planning application
  • 2017: work to start on the project if the planning application is successful
  • 2020: the link should be finished towards the end of the year

How to make flying abroad easier

With access to airports becoming ever-easier, there are increasingly fewer excuses for holidaymakers to be stressed as they set off on their getaway.

Taking out trusted travel insurance is one way to keep pre-flight anxiety at bay.

Such protection will cover travellers should nasty surprises happen at the airport, such as lost luggage, mislaid passports or stolen property.

Record numbers

Luton has just announced record passenger numbers for April.

Customers exceeded the one million mark, bringing the total amount of people flying through London Luton to 13 million during the last 12 months.

April's 1.1 million figure is 17% up on the same month last year.