Work begins on new £225 million rail link at Luton Airport

An image of the Luton DART Credit: London Luton Airport

Work's started on a new £225-million pound rail link at Luton Airport.

The Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) will connect Parkway Station to the terminal with a journey time from Luton Airport Parkway to the airport terminal in under four minutes. It will also link the airport to central London within 30 minutes.

Work should be complete by 2021, with 500 construction jobs created over the next three years.

Construction of the rail link has begun Credit: ITV News Anglia

Earlier a ground-breaking ceremony took place with Lord Porter of Spalding, Chairman of the Local Government Association, turning the first sods of earth.

Staff on the Luton Dart project 'break ground'. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Work on the Luton DART is now underway. Credit: ITV News Anglia
  • Watch a computer animation of how the DART will look.

The cost of the Luton DART is around £200 million; including construction of the stations, and associated infrastructure, and an additional £25 million has been allocated for a new Network Rail overbridge at Luton Airport Parkway railway station.

The Luton DART Credit: London Luton Airport