Weston Williamson has joined the race to solve the London’s aviation bottleneck with a proposal to transform Luton Airport into a four-runway hub
The independent proposal follows hot on the heels of Make’s bid to enlarge Stansted into a new Crossrail-linked mega-hub.
Weighing in against Foster and Partners’ high-profile Thames Estuary airport vision and a floating airstrip proposal by Gensler, the airport redevelopment proposals are the latest offers on the table for the government which is facing increasing pressure to find a quick solution to the runway shortage after deferring a decision until 2015.
Weston Williamson’s scheme would bring Crossrail 2into the heart of a new, four-runway Luton – with journeys of just 25 minutes to the capital.
Already served by Thameslink and the M1 motorway, the single-runway Bedfordshire airportis the ‘sensible location’ for the UK’s largest airport hub, claimed practice director Chris Williamson.
He said: ‘A new four runway airport at Luton is by far the best solution. Thameslink and the new north south Crossrail 2 would link directly to the new terminals with journeys directly to Euston in 25 minutes .New junctions to the M1 and the A1 offer excellent connectivity.
He added: ‘Anyone coming from the North or Midlands can get there by car or the planned improved train links. Why would you choose Stansted stuck out in the East of the country? It has a good spur link to Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale but nowhere else.’
Key facts: Weston Williamson’s Luton proposal
- ‘Minimal’ loss of homes
- Thameslink would serve the station with a frequent central London Service from 2018
- Crossrail 2 would link directly to new terminals with journey time of 25 mins to Euston
- New road link between M1 and A1M serves airport
- Well connected to the regions – both east and west sides of the country
- New service road serves hotels offices and other support facilities.
- Two new terminals connected by airport shuttle allow phased development
- Utilises Luton’s existing runway which can continue to operate as existing until first new terminal is complete
- Hotels offices and other support could grow to the south
- The existing terminal will become servicing / technical area once T1 operating
- 150m + passengers per year
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