Plans for a £200 million light railway system linking Luton Airport with the Airport Parkway railway station have been announced.
At present, passengers using the train station have to wait for an airport shuttle bus.
Instead the light railway will connect the airport to the city's parkway train station meaning transfers should take less than five minutes.
The airport says when its complete passengers will be able to travel between London St Pancras and the airport terminal in under 30 minutes.
Work could begin in 2017 with the system up and running by 2020. Credit: ITV News Anglia
It's part of an ambitious £1.5 billion investment programme over a 20 year period, which could transform the town and outlines how the borough will achieve growth and create jobs.
The airport is already expanding with construction underway on separate £110 million redevelopment plans.
It's hoped the combined investment will allow the airport to increase its capacity by 50% to 18 million passengers per year by 2020.
“I am delighted to confirm that the board has committed to start the procurement process to provide fast, easy access between Luton Airport Parkway and the airport terminal. Luton is the fastest growing airport in the UK and enjoys excellent road links to London and the North while Luton Airport Parkway also gives excellent rail connectivity to the capital and the Midlands. The scheme we are announcing today will provide a seamless five-minute transfer time between Parkway station and the airport terminal.
– CLLR ANDY MALCOLM, CHAIR OF LLAL
“easyJet welcomes the plan for a new direct rail link connecting Luton Airport Parkway train station with the airport. A quicker and easier connection for passengers is a key part of the transformation of the airport and will help to attract more passengers to London Luton Airport. We already encourage our passengers to travel by rail, offering them the opportunity to purchase tickets on board and we hope the number of easyJet passengers at London Luton Airport who arrive by rail will increase with the new, faster link to the airport
– NEIL SLAVEN, COMMERCIAL MANAGER OF EASYJET
Last updated Fri 15 Apr 2016