Luton airport to replace bus transfer service with light rail link

4 May 2016

Luton airport plans to replace its bus transfer service with a £200m light rail link to the nearest railway station.

The fast-track service would make journey times between London and Luton airport faster than for those flying via Gatwick, the airport claimed.

The 24-hour, automated light-rail link would replace the buses currently used to transfer travellers between the station and the terminal, making the fastest complete journey from Luton airport to London St Pancras less than 30 minutes, reports The Guardian.

The 1.3-mile link will be funded by Luton borough council, which owns the airport freehold. While the station is almost adjacent to the airport perimeter, it is around 40m downhill from it, making a fixed rail link difficult to build.

Luton airport is spending a further £110 million on redeveloping its terminals and layout to expand capacity to 18 million passengers a year by 2020.


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