Luton airport has begun a new trial that will see drivers of electric vehicles pay 75 per cent less for drop-off and pick-up charges compared to other cars.

The trial, which will run until 30 September and forms part of the London airport’s efforts to encourage the use of sustainable methods of transport.

Drivers of electric vehicles will be able to use a dedicated section of Luton’s multi-storey car park for a reduced charge of £2 for a maximum of 30 minutes.

If the trial is successful, the airport says it will bring the reduced charge in on a permanent basis.

Jonathan Pollard, chief commercial officer at Luton airport, said: “We’ve always encouraged people to travel to the airport in more sustainable ways such as taking the train and to leave their cars at home. That’s why we’re introducing this discount for electric vehicles. If there’s enough demand, we plan to make the incentive permanent and address any requirement to increase the number of electric charging points.”

The trial follows Luton’s transformation project, which saw the airport upgrade to its transport links, including better road access to the M1, new car parking facilities, a remodelled bus and coach interchange and improved rail links to Luton Airport Parkway station.

Work is also underway to build a £225 million light rail system linking the airport with the train station, which is expected to be completed by 2021.

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