The owners of Luton Airport have submitted plans for a £200million passenger transit system to link the airport with Luton Airport Parkway train station.
The mass passenger transit system (MPT) would be entirely funded by a capital programme from airport owners London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL), which is wholly owned by Luton Council. If planning permission is approved, the project could begin work later this year to be completed by 2021.
The intention is that the MPT system will follow a 2.2km route between Stirling Place and the Central Terminal. The route would run alongside the mainline railway 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. The system is also intended to be a fully-automated, two-way, 24-hour capable people-mover based on latest system technology and design innovation.
The plans will coincide with an intended £110million redevelopment of the airport. Councillor Andy Malcolm, Chair of LLAL, confirmed the intent is to support the airport’s ongoing passenger growth.
He said, “London Luton Airport is experiencing unparalleled success, with a 44 per cent increase in passenger numbers since 2014.
“The MPT will make sure the passenger experience we provide is world-class, and combined will support ongoing growth to 18 million passengers per year by 2021. The submission of our planning application is the most significant moment yet in the ongoing £1.5bn transformation of our town under the exciting and ambitious Luton Investment Framework.
Cllr Malcolm also hoped the proposals would make Luton an attractive location for fliers from London, and that additional fast trains from the station to London St. Pancras as part of the new East Midlands rail franchise would improve the experience of rail travellers to the airport.
He said, “The journey time from St Pancras of less than 30 minutes will beat Liverpool Street to Stansted by 20 minutes and be faster than Victoria to Gatwick too.
“Combined with the prospect of four fast trains an hour from London as part of the upcoming East Midlands rail franchise, which we are campaigning for, this investment in mass passenger transit will transform the experience of those travelling to the airport by rail, and will encourage more people to do so and therefore help to reduce congestion on the roads.”
LLAL has also announced plans for the Century Park redevelopment will be brought forward in the summer. In addition, they can confirm a separate planning application for Stirling Place, a gateway mixed-use commercial development, will be made in the next few months.