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25/10/2016 - Have your say on airport mass passenger transit proposals

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Have your say on airport mass passenger transit proposals

You are invited to comment on plans for a mass passenger transit (MPT) system linking London Luton Airport (LLA) with Luton Airport Parkway railway station.

​Updated proposals for the £200 million state-of-the-art system will be displayed at two forthcoming public exhibitions organised by the airport’s owner, London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL).
 
These take place on:
 
Wednesday 2 November
4-8pm at the Hampton
Hilton Hotel, near Luton Airport Parkway station
42-52 Kimpton Road, Luton LU2 0NB
 
Saturday 5 November
10-2pm
Luton Central Library
St George’s Square, Luton LU1 2NG
 
In order to deliver the project, planning permission will be sought from Luton Borough and Central Bedfordshire councils, and it is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted at the end of January 2017.
 
Subject to planning permission being granted, construction will begin in late 2017 and the MPT system will be operational by 2021.
 
Cllr Andy Malcolm, chair of LLAL, said: “The events provide an opportunity for residents and passengers to speak with members of the project team, help us shape our plans and take account of any suggestions.
 
“I would encourage people to come along, or to view the plans online, we want to hear what everyone has to say ahead of a planning application being submitted next year.”
 
Information can also be found at http://www.llal.org.uk/LLAL-MPT.html, where there are copies of an information leaflet and online feedback form.
 
Respondents are asked to please submit completed forms by 16 November.
 
The scheme forms a key part of Luton’s ambitious and wide-ranging £1.5 billion inward investment programme, which outlines a 20-year plan for major transformation of the town and signals how the borough will achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth and create jobs for local people.
 
It follows the airport’s separate £110 million redevelopment plans, and together the combined investment will:
  • transform the passenger experience
  • enable LLA to increase its capacity by 50 per cent to 18 million passengers per year by 2020
Cllr Malcolm said: “We are delighted to be able to unveil more details about our proposals to provide a seamless five-minute transfer time between Parkway station and the airport terminal.
 
“A total journey time of less than 30 minutes from St Pancras to the airport will beat the time from Liverpool Street to Stansted by 20 minutes and better the time from Victoria to Gatwick too.”
 
In December the government confirmed that Enterprise Zone status had been granted to three linked sites surrounding LLA, at:
  • Stirling Place
  • Century Park
  • Airport Business Park
Cllr Malcolm added: “LLAL is committed not only to optimising the airport’s capacity but also to the development of the town and the sub regional economy as a whole.
 
“Combined with the prospect of four fast trains an hour which we are lobbying 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.
 
“It also has the potential to open up opportunities for development throughout the Enterprise Zone and signals our belief in its potential for economic and employment growth.”
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