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More than 650,000 passengers have already saved themselves greater than ten years of complete journey time in the course of the first 100 days of operation of the Luton DART. The Direct Air-Rail Transit system, which seamlessly whisks travellers between Luton Airport Parkway Station and the airport terminal in beneath 4 minutes, opened on 27 March and reached its 100-day milestone yesterday (July 5).
Serving travellers who’ve arrived from greater than 129 completely different stations on the nationwide rail community, the busiest day on the Luton DART noticed it carry greater than 10,000 passengers and deal with greater than 18 per cent of all air passengers utilizing the airport.
“We are very pleased with the Luton DART’s early performance which is matching the ongoing post-pandemic recovery in passenger numbers seen at our airport,” stated Councillor Javeria Hussain, Chair of Luton Rising, the Luton Council-owned firm that owns the airport and constructed the Luton DART to considerably enhance the passenger expertise.
“More than 740 passenger surveys have been accomplished, which alongside greater than 1,100 buyer feedback persistently report the expertise supplied as nice. The service has achieved 99.8 per cent reliability.
“Even with ongoing rail strikes, which are keeping a lid on the rail sector and the number of passengers who can use the DART, we can see the benefits that customers are receiving in terms convenience, ease of travel and reduced journey times compared with the previous bus transfer service. We know there is more to come as we enter the peak holiday season.”
Figures reported by Luton Rising immediately additionally verify:
- More than 2,600 travellers have signed up for the free concessionary journey that’s obtainable to Older Person Bus Pass and Disability Badge holders
- More than 1,300 individuals have registered for the half-price fares obtainable to Luton residents, making greater than 1,400 journeys on the Luton DART
- More than 4,000 commuting airport staff have accomplished greater than 32,000 free journeys.
Since opening, every of the 2 Luton DART shuttles has travelled 36,000km, greater than a whole circumference of the earth, and carried passengers uphill a distance of exceeding 11,000km, equal to over 1,000 occasions the peak of Everest.
1,500 crops and shrubs have been planted, 3,000 sq m of land beneath the guideway has been seeded with calcareous grassland seeds to encourage wildlife, and ten insect resorts put in. More than 4.6 tonnes of waste has been recycled.
Nick Platts, Luton Rising Managing Director, stated: “The newly-launched Luton DART allows a complete journey time from the capital of simply 32 minutes when passengers mix it with the Luton Airport Express quick practice service out of London St Pancras.
“Every passenger using London Luton Airport and the Luton DART means more support for frontline services in Luton and vulnerable people in particular who most need the help we fund through our unique £7.4m annual contribution to local voluntary, community and charitable organisations.”
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