The Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) will speed travellers from Luton Airport Parkway station to the terminal of London Luton Airport in under four minutes.

Scheduled to open in 2022, the new Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) will mean that you will be able to get on a train at London St Pancras Station, and step inside the London Luton Airport terminal just 30 minutes later. With a seamless transfer at Luton Airport Parkway station, the Luton DART will whisk you on to the airport terminal in under 4 minutes, with shuttles leaving every 4 minutes.

It creates an even more compelling case to fly from Luton, rather than another airport, and to leave the car at home when you do so. Our ambition, as part of our green agenda, to shift a significant amount of passenger traffic from road to rail, is given a significant boost.

The way we have built the Luton DART track also reflects our community values, with, for example, the Construction Skills Training Hub giving 720 local people the skills to enter the construction industry. More details about the community benefits are below.


Here are the key partners involved in delivering the Luton DART:

VolkerFitzpatrick and Bedfordshire-based Kier are among the UK’s leading engineering and construction companies, and together they have formed a joint venture to deliver the state-of-the-art Luton DART. As lead contractor, VFK is responsible for building and completing civil works for the:

  • Luton DART Parkway and Luton DART  Terminal stations
  • Gateway Bridge, over Airport Way
  • Tunnel and approaches to the airport  terminal
  • Maintenance area

Doppelmayr Cable Car is an Austrian-based provider of automated people movers using cable propulsion technology, and a specialist supplier of transport solutions to the aeronautical industry. DCC has manufactured the vehicles, that will travel 24 hours a day between Luton Parkway and the airport, and the operating system.

Arup is an independent firm of design, environmental and technical specialists who work with clients to help solve their most complex challenges. Arup designed the DART scheme infrastructures and systems, and took the project through planning and procurement. Arup continues to support Luton Rising to project completion as engineer and technical advisor.

Network Rail is the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the UK railway network, and is delivering, on behalf of Luton Rising, a new passenger footbridge and associated improvements at Luton Airport Parkway station which will provide easy access for rail passengers to the Luton DART.

London Luton Airport Operations Ltd (LLAOL) is the Spanish and Australian-owned operator of London Luton Airport until 2032, and is building a second new multi-storey car park with integrated drop-off zone on the ground floor at the airport for Luton Rising as part of the Luton DART scheme.

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