Luton Airport has announced plans for a 24-hour light rail link between its railway station and its flights hub.
London Luton said a mass passenger transit system would replace the bus service between Luton Parkway station and the passenger terminal by 2020.
The link is part of a broader rail connectivity improvement plan that includes four fast trains every hour between the airport and central London as well as moves to include the station on the Oyster network.
London Luton Airport chief executive Nick Barton said: “Improving rail links is a crucial part of the airport’s development, and integral to ensure that we provide the best service possible for all our passengers.
“The creation of a light rail link between Parkway station and the terminal is a significant milestone in the airport’s transformation and the first step towards creating a world-class air-rail service. We will continue to work hard to increase the number of fast train services and add the airport to the Oyster card network.”
The airport is investing more than £100M in a transformation project designed to boost capacity by 50% to 18M passengers per year by 2020.
Redevelopment plans include a redesign of the terminal; and major upgrades to transport links, including better road access to the M1, a remodelled bus and coach interchange, and improved rail links.