In March 2023, the 2.1 km long Luton DART automated transport system will begin operation between the Luton International Airport terminal and the Luton Airport Parkway train station. This system will provide convenient connections to the airport for passengers departing from 60 stations on the Thameslink and East Midlands Railway lines. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to zdmira.


Thus, a trip from London St. Pancras station to the airport terminal will take 32 minutes. Starting March 10, Luton DART will carry passengers for 4 hours a day and will gradually increase the duration of operation to 24 hours, replacing the bus transfer. The Airport Authority and the city of Luton hope that this convenient rail service will encourage many passengers to forego car travel in favor of rail travel.

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Stations of the Luton DART transport system are adapted for users with limited mobility – they are equipped with elevators, escalators, tactile tiles and an information induction system for the hearing impaired. The design of the system was approved in 2017, and construction began in 2018 by a joint venture between Volker Fitzpatrick and the Kier Group.

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