The Luton DART project is a joint venture project between VolkerFitzpatrick and Kier (VFK). This new state-of-the-art guided mass passenger transit system will link the airport terminal building to Luton Airport Parkway station. Opening late 2022, it will reduce journey time from central London to under 30 minutes and take travellers from Luton Airport Parkway station directly to the terminal of the airport in under four minutes.
London Luton Airport currently caters for around 15 million passengers per year to over 150 destination across Europe, Africa and Asia and continues to expand it route network. The airport employs around 10,000 people and indirectly supports nearly 18,000 jobs, making it a major economic contributor to the UK.
Please see the video below for further information from Aurp, who worked on the design of the project:
The Luton DART (Direct Air – Rail Transport) project is a joint venture project between VolkerFitzpatrick and Kier ( VFK). VFK were contracted by Luton Rising to construct the new state-of-the-art £225m, 2.1km guided mass passenger transit system, linking the London Luton Airport terminal building to Luton Airport Parkway mainline station. The project forms part of Luton Borough Council’s £1.5 billion Luton Investment Framework to transform Luton and secure long-term economic growth benefiting local business and ensuring the local community have access to high quality employment opportunities. Once in operation, the driverless Luton DART will be capable of operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will drastically reduce travelling time.
The design, execution and completion of the Luton DART included seven main sections: the constructions of DART Parkway and Central Terminal stations, a 310m long eight span viaduct which runs adjacent to the existing rail line and features seven piers, a 750m stretch of running slab in cut and on fill running adjacent to the A1081, a 320 m-long double tunnel built along the route and the installation of an 80-metre long, 1,000 tonne curved bridge, which forms an integral part of the new Luton DART fast transit system.
The Luton DART project has supported the economic development of the local area by committing to the following:
Construction Skills Training Hub - Delivering construction specific training opportunities to over 750 Luton residents;
The project has created 500 construction jobs throughout the duration of the project including:
Cllr Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton council
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