Case study:

Luton Airport DART

Luton Airport DART

The Luton DART (Direct Air – Rail Transport) project is a joint venture project between VolkerFitzpatrick and Kier known as VFK.

VFK have been contracted by London Luton Airport Limited 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.

The Luton DART will speed travellers from Luton Airport Parkway station to the terminal of London Luton Airport in well under four minutes. Scheduled to open in 2022, passengers will be able to travel between St Pancras and London Luton Airport in just 30 minutes using the fastest trains and seamless Luton DART transfer.

The scheme will be a double-shuttle, fully-automated people-mover, based on the latest system technology and design innovation, capable of operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cable-driven system is energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

The scope of the project is the design, execution and completion of the Luton DART including:

  • DART Parkway and Central Terminal stations.
  • The Gateway Bridge.
  • The Viaduct.
  • Running Slab.
  • The Tunnel and approaches.
  • Maintenance area.
Luton, Bedfordshire.
March 2020 – November 2022
VFK (VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier)
Add architect

Works carried out

  • Installation of void-formers and heavy-duty fast drying screed to falls to new platforms and track level areas of both Luton Airport Parkway and Luton Central stations.
  • Application of epoxy non-slip floor finishes to platforms and track level areas.
  • Application of anti-static epoxy floor finishes to back of house energy areas.
  • Application of resin waterproofing coating systems to track drainage areas.
  • Installation of cementitious liquid pumped screed to new concourse areas.
The Luton Airport DART project involved a considerable scope of both screed and resin works to both Parkway and Central stations. We found Diverse to be thoroughly professional in completing their works within programme and to a high degree of quality whilst working to the high safety standards the project demands.

Tom Gothard - Section Engineer, Volker-Fitzpatrick Kier

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