Works have started officially for the Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) project, linking London Luton Airport with Luton Airport Parkway railway station. The value of the project is £225 million (EUR 258 million). The DART link, which will reduce the journey time from Luton Airport Parkway to the airport terminal to approx. four minutes, is due to open in 2021.
The Luton DART will be a double-shuttle, fully-automated people-mover, based on latest system technology and design innovation, and capable of operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 2.1 km route will run between two purpose-built stations at Bartlett Square and the airport terminal, crossing a new gateway bridge over Airport Way.
London Luton Airport Limited awarded contracts in December last year for the civil works to the VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier joint venture and for the transportation system to Doppelmayr Cable Car UK Ltd.
“Luton Airport is experiencing unparalleled success, with a 50% increase in passenger numbers since 2014. The Luton DART will support ongoing growth to 18 million passengers per year by 2021 and make sure the passenger experience we provide is significantly enhanced,” Andy Malcolm, chair of the London Luton Airport Ltd, said.