Luton Airport

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Many Londoners use Luton Airport to get away on their holidays. What are you doing to improve their surface transport journey to the airport?


Answer for Luton Airport

Answer for Luton Airport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Luton Airport plays an important role as part of the wider London airport system, focused on short haul low cost and charter flights, enabling Londoners to go on holiday but also supporting inbound tourism from other European countries.  Located some distance beyond London's boundary, I do not have any direct responsibility for its surface access but it is clearly an issue of interest to Londoners.

A £30 million road improvement scheme is being completed this year by Luton Borough Council, which will address congestion on the roads linking the airport with the M1. This should result in more reliable journey times for the many passengers reaching the airport by coach as well as private car and taxi.

There will be a step change in rail access following the completion by Network Rail of the Thameslink Programme, due in 2018/19. There are currently 6 trains per hour between Luton Airport Parkway and central London during the peak and it is expected that this will increase to 12 trains per hour. The customer experience will also be improved through the introduction of new Class700 rolling stock along the route, providing both additional seating capacity and luggage space. There is still a need to take a shuttle bus for the last mile from the Parkway rail station to the terminal, but I understand the airport is looking at options for providing a rail link directly into the airport.