Published: 20/01/2008 00:00 - Updated: 01/02/2010 11:02

Airport shuttle bus will charge in future

James Cunliffe
Plane passengers who arrive at Luton Airport Parkway Station will be charged at least £1 for the onemile trip to the airport from today.

First Capital Connect has taken over the previously free service and has introduced the fees for journeys made by the shuttle buses which take thousands of passengers from the Parkway Road station every week.

Since the station opened in November 1999, the number of passengers using London Luton Airport has more than doubled to ten million per year.

First Capital Connect has signed a contract with London Luton Airport Operations Ltd, and its First Bus division will operate a more frequent service.

Drivers who are currently employed by National Car Parks, the current operator of the shuttle buses, will transfer to FirstGroup's bus division under TUPE from today.

The new service is based on the introduction of four brand new airconditioned streamlined articulated StreetCars. FirstGroup has invested £1.3 million in the vehicles, each of which is more than 18 metres long and can carry up to 97 passengers plus luggage - double the capacity of the existing buses.

First Group hopes they will 'provide a link between the train and plane'.

The StreetCars will run every ten minutes between 5am and midnight and will also connect with all trains calling at Luton Airport Parkway overnight.

While train passengers travelling to the airport will be charged £1 for the short shuttle trips, non-train travellers will have to pay £1.50.

First Capital Connect spokesman Larry Heyman, said: "Some fares between London and Luton Airport Parkway station have been held at the same price or reduced in comparison with those charged before January 2, to ensure that the fares to and from the airport represent good value for money."
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