It is being said by the Luton’s local authority that a 15-minute service is required between the Luton’s St Pancras station and Luton airport Parkway, which connects to the terminal via a five minute bus transfer. The Luton Airport Parkway is on the main line, but only one fast train an hour calls there, with most services being stopped trains on the Bedford Brighton line.
Luton Borough Council is lobbying the Department of transports as the DfT prepares the new franchise tendering process for East Midlands Trains, which is due to being in 2018 and whose trains would provide the fastest service.
It is estimated that moving towards four fast trains per hour will mean the proportion of passengers travelling to the airport by public transport will more than double to more than 30%. The airport saw the passenger numbers grow by 16.9% in 2015 and is currently investing over £110million. It plans to increase the capacity by 50% to 18 million passengers by 2020.
The airport’s chief executive Nick Barto said: “Committing to four fast trains per hour to Luton airport parkway through the new EMT franchise agreement would fit exactly in line with this ambition.”
The plan with the intention of increasing the passenger capacity by 50% would be successful, if the four fast trains will be able to provide much more facilities to the travellers. The statement of Nick Barton will be transformed into reality only if the new routes of four trains are successful.
Source: UK Airport News