Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, yesterday called on the Government to reject proposals made by Luton Airport?s operators to build a motorway and rail link between Luton and Stevenage. The plans, which would expand Luton to the size of Heathrow, were published two weeks ago and met with widespread disapproval in the local community.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “I asked the Transport Minister in Parliament yesterday to reject plans to build major cross country transport links between Luton and Stevenage. These would be devastating for the environment between Hitchin, Harpenden and Stevenage. Luton Airport?s suggestion that it could be expanded to the size of Heathrow is completely unacceptable ? but a new motorway and rail link cutting through the heart of Hertfordshire?s most beautiful countryside is preposterous.

    “I called on the Minister to focus airport growth in a minimum number of hub airports rather than unnecessarily expanding airports such as Luton. I shall continue to press the Government to rethink the options for Luton before the extended consultation period comes to an end next year.?