M1 improvements mark milestone in Luton Airport transformation

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UK: Work has been completed on major improvements for Luton Borough Council to Junction 10a of the M1. The upgrade saw the removal of the existing J10a roundabout, construction of a large underpass and two new roundabouts, separating local traffic and Airport traffic. The works have provided seamless dual carriageway access from the M1 to the Airport approach road, which will in turn be upgraded to dual carriageway as part of the Airport’s £100m redevelopment.

The completion of the works, supported by funding from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, marks a major milestone in the redevelopment of LLA and complements a major upgrade to transport links at the Airport which will also include new car parking facilities, a remodelled bus and coach interchange, and improved rail links.

Luton Airport Road

LLA is responding to strong demand from passengers with a £100 million redevelopment and investment programme that will transform the Airport. The project will increase annual capacity from 12 million to 18 million passengers by 2026, as well as bringing about other major improvements including a complete redesign of the terminal to create a quick, efficient, friendly and convenient passenger experience, exciting new shopping and eating options and the development of a new world-class executive lounge.

Neil Thompson, Operations Director of LLA, said: “The completion of the M1 works is a big milestone in our transformation and will significantly improve access to London Luton, cementing our position as one of the leading airports serving passengers in London and the surrounding regions. We also continue to work hard with the rail operators to improve Airport rail links to ensure passengers have seamless connectivity to the Airport however they choose to arrive.”

The works were carried out by Volker Fitzpatrick, one the UK’s leading engineering and construction companies.

Earlier this month Nick Barton, CEO of LLA commented on the publication of the Airports Commission report, saying that London’s airport system needs to grow now, before the new runway at Heathrow will be operational.

“Even with the addition of a seventh London runway, according to the DfT’s own projections capacity by 2030 will still struggle to meet demand. That means we need to realise the full potential of the runways we already have. London needs an integrated transport plan focused, particularly on rail connections, to improve transport links to and from London’s airports and free up the additional capacity the UK so vitally needs.”

London Luton Airport is hosting this year's UK AirRail 2015 confernce, taking place on 26 November in London. 

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