London Luton Airport Limited

 

Fast and easy transfer from train to plane

London Luton Airport Limited and Luton Borough Council are investing £200 million in a Direct Air to Rail Transit (Luton 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.

Currently, shuttle buses transport passengers between Parkway station and the airport. The reliability and journey time of the bus service can be affected by traffic congestion, which is difficult to predict in advance. These issues can lead to stressful and delayed journeys to the airport.

The new system will be a people-mover of the type found in major international airports around the world. Based on 21st century technology, it will be designed and operated to ensure that services are not only fast, frequent and reliable but also safe, secure and comfortable.

Once in operation, 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.

Its purpose is to transform the experience of those travelling to the airport by rail, and encourage more people to do so, enhancing the airport’s already impressive environmental track record and helping to reduce congestion on the roads.

LLAL and Luton Council are bringing forward the scheme as part of their commitment to investing in the infrastructure of the airport, and improving the experience of passengers using it, in order to secure much-needed future economic growth and jobs creation in Luton.

Artist’s impression of the new DART station at Luton Airport Parkway, subject to planning permission
Artist’s impression of the new DART station at Luton Airport Parkway.(click image to view)

The proposed scheme

The DART will be a fully automated and driverless system, approximately 2.1km in length, and will provide fast, frequent and reliable transfers for passengers between Luton Airport Parkway station and the terminal in around five minutes, 24 hours a day.

The new station for the route will be located at Bartlett Square (formerly known as Stirling Place), on the north-east side of the existing rail lines.

From here the route will be elevated and will run south, parallel to the existing rail line, until it reaches the A1081 where it will cross the A1081 (Airport Way) via a new ‘Gateway Bridge’.

The onward route will run alongside the A1081 Airport Parkway, either at ground level or in shallow cutting, and then through the existing mid-term parking area before entering a ‘cut-and-cover’ tunnel under the airport taxiway.

At the London Luton Airport terminal, passengers will leave the DART and access the terminal.
As part of the scheme, a link concourse and overbridge are required across the existing Network Rail tracks to connect the Luton Airport Parkway and DART stations.

Aeriel view of LLA and Enterprise Zone
Route for the proposed DART fast transit between Luton Airport Parkway and the airport terminal. Inset: Gateway Bridge (click image to view)

Planning consent and key dates

London Luton Airport Limited has received planning permission from both Luton Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council, and construction work is under way.

The scheme is scheduled to become operational in 2021. A Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) will be put in place to ensure that construction traffic and activities are managed and impacts on the local community minimised.

Artist’s impression of the central terminal interior
Artist’s impression of the central terminal interior. (click image to view)

Artist’s impression of the central terminal exterior
Artist’s impression of the central terminal exterior. (click image to view)

Artist’s impression of the central terminal interior
Artist’s impression of the Parkway station interior. (click image to view)

Artist’s impression of the central terminal exterior
Artist’s impression of the Parkway station exterior at night. (click image to view)
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