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Proposals for a £200M rail link between London Luton Airport and the town’s Parkway train station have received planning permission from the local council.

The new 1.4-mile rail line will replace the shuttle bus from the Parkway station and see journey times to St Pancras International in London cut to less than 30 minutes. The system will be fully automated and driverless, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Luton Borough Council approved the plans that are part of significant airport redevelopment programme that will see improvements carried out to the surrounding road network and terminal layout.

The news is seen as a major boost as the airport seeks to compete with Heathrow and Gatwick. Luton is currently London’s fourth busiest airport.

The station is expected to be open by the end of 2020.

Source – UK Construction Online

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