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Published on : Friday, November 1, 2013
The requirement has been issued to train operators shortlisted for the bid because the lack of early morning rail services under the current TSGN timetable excludes up to an estimated two million Airport users every year from considering rail as a viable means of transport.
The new minimum twice hourly service represents a significant improvement in terms of rail connectivity with the Capital. But, with an estimated 300,000 – 400,000 existing Airport passengers expected to use the improved link, the Airport is encouraging shortlisted bidders to think more creatively and longer term; beyond the minimum timetable requirements set out in the invitation to tender.
Under a new approach from the DfT to engage all stakeholders in how rail franchises can be better managed and improved, London Luton will now work closely with train operators shortlisted for the TSGN franchise to ensure their bids meet the requirements of Airport users. These include:
Operating a timetable for the benefit of existing and future passengers
Designing rolling stock with Airport passengers in mind, such as improved luggage facilities
Introducing a simplified ticketing option, such as smartcards
Creating a distinct identity at each station to promote and guide air passengers to the service
Addressing the confusion of a separate charge for the shuttle bus between Luton Airport Parkway and the Terminal
Glyn Jones, Managing Director of London Luton Airport, said: “Rail access to London Luton is already highly competitive in terms of speed, frequency and cost, and the new franchise arrangements will improve that offer even further”.
“This latest move helps us to achieve our aim of increasing the proportion of passengers who travel by public transport to more than 40% by 2017; a key consideration in our plan to develop in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way and improve the overall experience for our passengers”.
Source:- London Luton Airport