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Airports hit by travel chaos

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PASSENGERS DRIVING to Luton Airport face four months of traffic congestion due to the recently started extensive road works programme. A spokesman for Luton Borough Council confirmed that the road works will start on the approach to the airport and remain “critical” until May.

The work involves the complete reconstruction of the roundabout adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express hotel and is due to be completed by spring 2008. The alternative route into the airport, Percival Way, will also be closed to through traffic with diversions in place.

A spokesman said: “Passengers are advised to expect delays for the duration of these works and are strongly advised to leave additional travel time to get to Luton airport.”

The airport works come on top of major road repairs currently under way on the M1. Speed restrictions are in force between Junction 10A and the airport and also between Junctions six A and 10.

At the same time, the Stansted Express train will not run at weekends throughout February – the second month in a row – due to engineering work between Broxbourne and Bishop’s Stortford. Trains will be replaced by a non-stop coach service to and from Liverpool Street station during each weekend this month. Coaches leave every 15 minutes and the journey time is around 90 minutes – compared with 45 minutes. Ticket prices will remain the same.