East Midlands Railway introduce new rail connections for London Luton Airport

Published on : Monday, February 15, 2021

London Luton Airport (LLA) has recently welcomed that the East Midlands Railway (EMR) is to introduce a new half hourly non-stop service between London St .Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway. The new service will be introduced as part of the May timetable change and is the first significant step towards a separately-branded ‘Luton Airport Express’ service.

The service will be operated using electric trains and run every 30 minutes between 06:00 and 22:00 daily, with additional late night and early morning services to serve departures from the airport. The new service will allow passengers to reach the airport in around 30 minutes from central London, making the airport one of the most accessible from the capital.

The timetable change will also see the introduction of a half-hourly service from Corby and other stations in the East Midlands, allowing passengers to travel from these towns to the airport in under an hour. The airport also mentioned that an express rail link will also bring environmental benefits, including a reduction of up to 70,000 car journeys a year. The additional connectivity will be significantly enhanced by the construction of the Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART) service, which is nearing completion.

The £225 million investment sees the creation of a fixed link between the airport and the station, replacing the current bus service. Alberto Martin, Chief Executive, London Luton Airport said in a statement that the latest move will make it easier for passengers to reach the airport as soon as it is safe to do so again, and shared that he is looking forward to welcoming them back.


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