3 JULY 2017
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Approval has been granted by the local council for a 1.4-mile rail link costing £200m at Luton Airport to replace the current bus shuttle service linking the existing Parkway station with the terminal building. It is scheduled to open by 2021.
Plans approved by the council call for a fully-automated, two-way, 24hr capable Mass Passenger Transit (MPT) system, which will operate between purpose-built stations at Stirling Place and Central Terminal.
The transit will run alongside the Brighton – Bedford mainline before crossing over Airport Way via a new landmark bridge. It will then continue through the airport’s existing mid-term car park, under a taxiway, and on to the Central Terminal.
Officials say it will give a 5min transfer time between Luton Airport Parkway and the terminal building, and a total travel time of less than 30min between London St Pancras station and the airport.
The transit is part of a major redevelopment now in full swing at Luton Airport, with an investment of £110m aimed at increasing passenger capacity by 2020 to 20m.
The airport is also pursuing a campaign to persuade the government to introduce an express service with at least four trains an hour from central London as part of the East Midlands rail refranchising.
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