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LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Tue Oct 25, 2005 8:26 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/beds/bucks/herts/4373848.stm

Airport plans to build new runway

Residents have protested about the airport's expansion plan
Bosses at Luton Airport have announced proposals for a replacement runway and a new terminal to be completed in time for the 2012 Olympics.
They said they intended to submit a planning application for the developments in late 2006/early 2007.

Before that, the Bedfordshire airport will also submit a proposal for an extension of existing facilities.

The plans, aimed at catering for growth in air travel over the next 25 years, have led to protests from residents.

The airport's draft master plan was in response to the government's estimates that its passenger numbers will triple by 2030.

Airport bosses said the airport would reach its physical capacity in the next few years, despite efforts to improve efficiency.

Environmental concerns

The first planning application would include the construction of additional aircraft stands, a terminal extension and piers, car parks and extensions to the taxiway.

The second planning application would include a full-length replacement runway, a new south terminal and reception, additional aircraft stands and a new fire station and control tower.

The existing runway will be used for emergencies and while maintenance is completed on the replacement runway - similar to the situation at Gatwick Airport.

Airport bosses said they would work with planning authorities to maximise employment opportunities and minimise impacts on the highway.

But residents in the area have said they are "extremely worried" about the expansion, and are carrying out a number of protests over the plans.

Environmentalists have also warned such expansion will just feed travellers' appetite for cheap air travel, which they describe as a serious threat to the global climate.
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Tue Oct 25, 2005 8:51 pm

This is good new for LTN, no doubt, it will give EZY the room to expand too.
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:59 pm

They intend to submit in early 2006 planning permission to extend the existing terminal, a new pier, a new multi-storey car park and surface car parks. This is all intended to be complete by the year ending 2007.

But the real exciting developments is that Luton will literally be a brand new airport by 2012!

They intend to build a brand new terminal on the south side of the runway, which is not currently built and all the airports current operations are focused on the north side of the runay.

The new runway will allow the airport to handle aircrafts of all sizes without the current restrictions of the 7000ft runway.

Here is a copy of Luton Airports Press Release

London Luton Airport launches draft Master Plan for long-term development.
25 October 2005
London Luton Airport today presented its draft Master Plan for the long term development of the Airport subsequent to HM Government's White Paper "The Future of Air Transport" (December 2003). This draft Master Plan is open to a period of consultation with the community.

The Airport's proposals under the draft Master Plan were outlined at a Press Conference in the Main Passenger Terminal co-hosted by Managing Director, Kathryn James and Member of Parliament for Luton South, Margaret Moran.

Speaking at the conference Kathryn James said: "We are delighted that the Government recognised the importance of London Luton Airport in delivering future airport capacity in the South East and the pivotal role the airport will play in delivering economic regeneration in the Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis urban area, and the wider sub region".

"We will build in a timely manner, only when absolutely necessary. We will not develop years in advance of actual need. We will continue to strive for operational efficiencies to better use our existing facilities, in common with our low cost principles."

The draft Master Plan documents will be available for examination through a number of sources and will be distributed to Public Libraries and Local Authority offices - and can also be downloaded from the Airport's website www.london-luton.co.uk

MAIN POINTS

The main points of London Luton Airport's draft proposals are:-

1) Development will only be considered once all opportunities for developing and enhancing operational efficiency and improving space utilisation have been exhausted. However, London Luton Airport will reach its physical capacity in the next few years, despite an ongoing drive to enhance operational efficiency.

2) A planning application for Project 2030 - Phase 1 will be submitted in early 2006, in line with proposals published in its Development Brief 2001, which is available on the Airport's website at www.london-luton.co.uk .This planning application will represent the intention to make best use of existing capacity. Phase 1 will include the construction of additional aircraft stands, a terminal extension and associated piers, a multi-storey & surface car park and extensions to our parallel taxiway. The Airport intends to complete the majority of these works by the end of 2007.

3) A second planning application for Project 2030 - Phase 2 will be made in late 2006 / early 2007. This will be a major planning application of national importance which will include the following development - construction of:-

A full length replacement runway.
A new South Terminal.
Additional aircraft stands.
A new Fire Station and Control Tower.

4) The new Terminal will be accessed via a new Reception Centre built on the site of the Airport's existing mid-term car park.

5) It is intended that the existing runway will be maintained for use during emergencies and whilst essential maintenance is completed on the replacement runway - similar to Gatwick today.

6) The Airport intends to open the replacement runway and new terminal for operation in 2012, in time for the Olympics.

7) Additional satellite piers and aircraft stands will be built incrementally in the period around 2015, but only when required.

8) In addition to these proposals, airport development will increase the demand for ancillary activities such as office, warehousing, light industrial, engineering, hotel, flight catering and other facilities. LLAOL will work closely with the relevant planning authorities to quantify the level of ancillary development required and determine the optimum locations to maximise employment opportunities and minimise impacts on the highway network.

9) A number of surface access improvements are scheduled that will further improve access to London Luton Airport and the south and east of Luton. Others are at the planning stage. LLAOL will complement these with a series of measures to improve surface access to the airport, which in turn will bring significant benefits to the wider community. These are described in our draft Airport Surface Access Strategy, available on the website: www.london-luton.co.uk

10) London Luton Airport proposes an integrated package of surface access measures which will benefit both airport users and the wider community, maximise the development potential for the south and east of Luton and South Bedfordshire, and provide improved infrastructure and services for North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire.
 
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Tue Oct 25, 2005 10:10 pm

Which is better to serve the great London area, LTN or STN ?
 
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Tue Oct 25, 2005 11:05 pm

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 3):
Which is better to serve the great London area, LTN or STN ?

Luton is closer in, though Stansted has more room to grow and an express rail link inside the terminal while one has to take a shuttle to Luton Airport Parkway Station. It is really a toss up, but Stansted will likely expand further than Luton will. BTW, can anyone tell me why they want to limit Luton by still only having 1 runway? Is there no possible way to run it as a 2 runway airport? Also, what does "full length" mean? Does that mean Luton will get 10,000 feet of concrete?
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 12:04 am

Great new for LTN, perhaps not for the residents nearby but surely they could have seen this coming. I cant imagine where this runway will go, unless its beside the current one like LGW because LTN is built on top of a hill isn't it?!?

I reckon Ryanair will increase their services to LTN when this has been built, people don't realise that is can be easier to access London from LTN rather than from STN.

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 2):
A full length replacement runway

So how long is a full length runway??

Hey, you never know, we could start seeing the A380 in LTN before we know it, we can only dream........!  laughing 

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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 12:50 am

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 3):
Which is better to serve the great London area, LTN or STN ?

Both have their advantages & disadvantages as well as thier clientele ...

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
BTW, can anyone tell me why they want to limit Luton by still only having 1 runway? Is there no possible way to run it as a 2 runway airport?

Lack of (flat) space. There isn´t enough open space to build a second runway in parallel to the existing one at a seperation (distance) that would allow for simultaneous op´s. Plus the new apron/terminal needs to be built ...

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
Does that mean Luton will get 10,000 feet of concrete?

Though I haven´t read through the publication yet, but that´s the minimum number of feet I would go for !
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:02 am

Quoting BA0284 (Reply 5):
So how long is a full length runway??

According to BBC Three Counties Radio the runway will be 3000 metres long.
 
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:15 am

Good news for jobs at LTN by train it takes 35 minutes Luton Parkway to King's Cross STN -Liverpool Street takes 45 minutes according BBC London News. How long does it take on the shuttle to/from the terminal to Luton Parkway railway station?

The only flaw in the plan is they should have railway station at the terminal like at LGW and STN if they are serious about passengers and staff using public transport.

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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:40 am

So where did this plan for a new runway come from? In the government White Paper from last year I only recall an option to re-align the current runway - perhaps I am wrong. Has this been a possibility all along?

Great news for LTN - not just the airport but the whole town and surrounding area. Must be a bit annoying for STN though. They thought they had stolen the march on development but surely this rapid expansion at LTN will stick a spanner in the works for them.

From my point of view - lets hope it means big improvements to the Thameslink rail service into London. With the Olympics, the direct link to the channel tunnel rail link at St. Pancras and now the airport development, those guys who wrote that book that put Luton as Britain's crappiest town might just have to eat their words!

It only takes 5 minutes on the shuttle to get from Parkway to the terminal. Plus I have been on LTN airport website and the plans talk about building a new rapid transit rail based shuttle from parkway to the terminal.

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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 7:03 am

When they are serious about future develepment of LTN above 10million passengers, they should build a branch from the Midland Mainline into the terminal with a dedicated airport express.
 
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 7:11 am

Quoting JoFMO (Reply 10):
When they are serious about future develepment of LTN above 10million passengers, they should build a branch from the Midland Mainline into the terminal with a dedicated airport express.

This is not going to happen any time soon!

The Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow Express are all runned and operated by BAA and Luton's operator the TBI group do not have the finaicial might to operate such a service.

I think we might see more Thameslink and Midland Mainline trains stopping at Luton Airport Parkway station in the years ahead, but that will be it.

Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk and plans put forward that will operate tram service that operates between Luton and Dunstable and this service will also run to airport via the station and the airport.
 
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:25 am

Talking about rail-connection to LTN: We must not forget that the new terminal will be built in a different position !
Unfortunately my current ressources forbid me to access that "Core strategy" document on LTN´s website (filesize too big), so I can´t make my statement above more precise  Sad
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:41 am

Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
Residents have protested about the airport's expansion plan

Have these same protesters not noticed the all but idle Vauxhall factory sitting twixt the train station and the airplane station?

Because humans exist...there is always an element of sacrifice to our most basic existence. We can't have it both ways...yes we need to protect the enviroment...but we also need a place for people to work. Lest we all become nomadic cave-dwellers hand in hand with the meadow...What "enviromental concerns" are there over this industrial section of Bedfordshire? The cars *not* rolling off the Vauxhall assembly line; I would think; would make the locals all the more willing to bring jobs back to the area.
Were they hoping for its return to the wild?

And just if, Luton were to be occupied by high-fare flag carriers; that would be O.K. then?

Luton is my least favorite of airports...in my most favorite part of England. The new terminal south of the runways will be a pleasant departure from the disjointed bits that (London)-Luton has been...tho' I've heard it's been improved upon some since I was last there in May04.

Looking forward to flying Luton once again.
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:45 am

Pie in the sky! When in the last 50 years has there been no active proposal to build new airports or runways in south east England? And how many have come to fruition?

In 1958 - nearly half a century ago and how much has air travel developed in that half century? - the grass runway at LGW was replaced by a single metalled runway. Since then the only new runway to be laid in the south east is the rather specialised one at LCY! Balance that against a reduction at LHR from 3 to 2 and the net increase is precisely zilch. S do not hold your breath for LTN.
 
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:02 am

Quoting Stirling (Reply 13):
And just if, Luton were to be occupied by high-fare flag carriers; that would be O.K. then?

Part of the opposition surely comes from those people living to the east of the airport. I´ve seen a number of protest signs around that area for some years now (one can also see those signs around STN !). However, I´ve not seen any protest signs in the City of Luton itself ...
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RE: LTN Plans New Runway And Terminal

Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:09 am

Quoting HT (Reply 15):
However, I´ve not seen any protest signs in the City of Luton itself ...

Where the unemployment is no doubtedly higher.

Quoting HT (Reply 15):
the opposition surely comes from those people living to the east of the airport

What would that be...wonder if what you're talking about is the Lechworth area?
I think they call it the "Garden City" or something?
I remember the folks out there, in no small way look down their noses at the more "colourful" citzenry of Luton. This was when I stayed at that big old Inn on the edge of town in the middle of nowhere...trying to remember the name of that place.
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