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Why We Love Luton

Luton has many natural open spaces, including six landscaped parks which have achieved green flag status and recreational areas including the state of the art Inspire Sports facility featuring a 50 metre competition-grade swimming pool. Just off the newly widened M1, minutes from the M25 and a short distance from the A1, Luton has easy access to many main road routes. Three railway stations serve Luton with fast rail services across the UK. The International Rail Terminal at London St Pancras is just 22 minutes away. London Luton Airport Limited and Luton Borough Council are investing £225 million in a Direct Air to Rail Transit (DART) system which will transport passengers between Luton Airport Parkway station and London Luton Airport. The DART is being developed to improve passenger journey time and connectivity to and from the airport using a modern, sustainable and efficient system. Due to open in 2022, the DART will be capable of operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will significantly reduce the journey time from central London to the airport terminal to about 30 minutes, using the fastest train from St Pancras International.

The 2020-2040 town-wide vision for Luton is that it will be a healthy, fair and sustainable town, where everyone can thrive and no-one has to live in poverty. Following the success of the Luton Investment Framework (LIF) in attracting investment into the town we recognised the need to ensure that everyone in Luton could benefit from economic growth. The work of the Luton Inclusive Growth Commission highlighted the impact of poverty on the life chances of our residents with many families living below a decent standard of living.

Since then, the impact of COVID-19 on our town and our residents has further demonstrated the need for an ambitious vision that addresses the challenge of poverty so that everyone can thrive. As a result of the pandemic, the Council with its partners and residents brought forward the work on the vision to shape the first five years of our journey to 2040. As a town, we will work together with residents and partners across Luton and the wider region to overcome the economic and health impacts of COVID-19, while beginning to deliver on our overall ambition for no-one in poverty by 2040. At the heart of our vision are also commitments to make Luton a town built on fairness and social justice, give our children and young people the best start in life by making Luton a child friendly town and make Luton a carbon neutral town.

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