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London Business Matters

London Luton Airport “London Luton Airport and its passengers deserve better rail links.” – Nick Barton, CEO London Luton Airport 2017 will be an important year for the UK’s airports and the passengers who use them WE are expecting a Parliamentary vote to decide the fate of the new Heathrow runway, which will provide much needed air capacity in the South East when it’s built in the next 10 to 15 years. For the millions of passengers who travel to and from London each year this will provide some relief. But more can, and should, be done to meet demand in the immediate term whilst the new runway is being built. Other UK airports need to be able to play their part in providing additional capacity. But as the Transport Select Committee has found, the capacity of airports’ rail links are one of the biggest limiting factors for their growth. London Luton Airport (LLA) is a clear example of this. Although we are the fastest-growing major London airport we are the only one without a dedicated Expressstyle rail service to and from Central London. There is a chance to change this. The East Midlands rail franchise is in the process of being retendered with the new franchise beginning in 2018. We are calling on the Government to introduce four fast trains per hour from Central London to Luton Airport Parkway rail station as part of the new franchise agreement. Our call has received strong support from the business community; the proposals have been endorsed by the CBI, FSB and easyJet. We are currently investing £110million in an ambitious redevelopment project which will boost our annual capacity by 50% to 18million passengers by 56 BUSINESS TRAVEL


London Business Matters
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