2 MARCH 2020


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Article from BTNews 2 MARCH 2020

Luton high-speed service draws closer

Moves by East Midlands Railway (EMR) to introduce a Luton Airport Express service as part of its proposed December 2020 timetable with half-hourly non-stop trains from London St Pancras were unveiled last week.

Luton Airport (LTN) welcomed the proposal, which sees separately-branded electric trains running every 30min between 06:00 – 22:00, with additional late-night and early-morning services to serve air departures.

The proposals also envisage introducing a half-hourly service from Corby and other stations in the East Midlands, allowing passengers to travel from these towns to the airport in less than 1hr.

Luton has campaigned extensively for an express service, supported by business groups for the benefits a direct rail link would bring to the economy, including a reduction of up to 70,000 car journeys to the airport a year.

The airport also noted the proposed service would be significantly enhanced by the airport’s £225m Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART) service, due to be completed in 2021 (BTN 8 July 2019).

Airport CEO Alberto Martin said: “We fully support EMR’s proposals to introduce express services, which are vital to encourage more passengers to travel to the airport by rail.”



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