The £225m Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) will speed travellers from Luton Airport Parkway station to the terminal of London Luton Airport in well under four minutes.
The project will provide a step-change in how passengers get to and from the airport, and is being funded and delivered by Luton Council’s airport company, London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL).
Scheduled to open in 2021, 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 Luton DART complements the airport operator’s recent £160m transformation programme to deliver a truly world-class passenger experience at London Luton Airport.
Transport and Works Act Order
Construction of the Luton DART continues to make progress. LLAL is now submitting an application for a Transport and Works Act Order to the Department for Transport for its consideration.
This Order is seeking powers that will enable LLAL to safely and efficiently run the service after construction is complete. Examples of the powers being sought include – dealing with bad behaviour, working with the police, the ability to issue tickets and levy penalty fares, and prevention relating to bringing dangerous items onto the DART.
Any objections to, or other representations about, the proposals in the application should be sent to:
Secretary of State for Transport
c/o Transport Infrastructure Planning Unit
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR
Or by email to [email protected].
An objection or other representation MUST (i) be received by the Secretary of State on or before 14 August 2020, (ii) be made in writing (whether sent by post or e-mail), (iii) state the grounds of the objection or other representation, (iv) indicate who is making the objection or other representation, and (v) give an address to which correspondence relating to the objection or other representation may be sent. (If you are sending your objection or other representation by e-mail, please provide a postal address.)
The Secretary of State may make complete copies of the objections and other representations public, including any personal information contained in them, and will copy them to the applicant for the Order.
Story so far
Work on the Luton DART will be completed in 2021. Below you can see some of the key moments along the way.
- July 2017: planning permission received
- December 2017: contractors appointed
- April 2018: start of works
- December 2018: opening of temporary new drop-off zone
- Autumn 2019: bridge installation
- Autumn 2020: train installation
- Autumn 2021: open for service
Over the course of the DART project, up to 500 jobs and a number of apprenticeships will be created across a range of disciplines. Lead contractor VFK has committed to delivering a number of social value benefits, and Luton Council is delighted to have secured £1m funding from the Government for a Construction Skills Training Hub at the works compound off Kimpton Road.
Construction Skills Training Hub
The project, now open runs until March 2020 and offers local people the opportunity to be trained in a variety of construction skills. It will provide local and regional employers with access to trained potential employees. Focus will be on training up those from underrepresented groups and so far the scheme has received referrals from the Council’s Passport to Employment programme, Noah, Luton Youth Offending Service and Avenue Centre for Education.
The scheme runs a 5 day programme, which includes training in Level 1 Health and Safety Awareness, Manual Handling/Working at Height or Fire Warden, Careers in construction and Emergency First Aid. All trainees also have the opportunity to take their Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) test at the end of the 5 day course.
If you are interested in enrolling, please email [email protected]
Over the course of the DART project, approximately 500 jobs will be created in a range of disciplines. Come back here to see details of current opportunities.
As part of its commitment to using and training a workforce, VFK will:
- take on 30 apprentices throughout the life of the project
- provide work experience opportunities for 25 people in education and 15 people outside education, training or employment
- create 78 new jobs for local people
- attend at least 30 students’ careers information, advice and guidance events
- provide training and qualification for more than 250 of the sub-contractor workforce.
Meet the buyer
Construction of the Luton DART is providing a number of opportunities for local businesses. A large project like this needs skills, materials and employees from a wide range of sectors. Lead contractor VFK has already held a number of networking events for potential partners, and is always keen to hear if your services match its needs. Meet the buyer event in June 2018.
LLAL Community Funding
LLAL recognises on a wider level that there are inevitably some undesirable consequences from having a major airport on the doorstep, and is committed to achieving the right balance between economic benefits and environmental impacts. One of the most effective ways it does that is through investing in local communities.
You can read our Community Funding Policy here and about some of the many good outcomes here.