Luton's DART bridge structure installed

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UK: The 1,000 tonne structure was built off site near the Percival Way roundabout and rolled down into position. The move, which had been exhaustively planned using the latest computer simulation tools, took approximately just over two hours. 

Ciaran Scanlon, LLAL Programme Delivery Director, said: “This has been an exciting achievement and a hugely significant milestone in the delivery of the innovative DART scheme. The whole project has been full of engineering challenges and to move an object of this size ranks as one of the biggest. To see such a large object calmly trundle down the A1081 under complete control was a great testimony to both the vision of the project and the technical expertise of our contractor, VolkerFitzpatrickKier (VFK)."
 
Once operational in 2021, 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.
 
Passengers will be able to travel between St Pancras and London Luton Airport in just 30 minutes using the fastest trains, then transferring easily to the Luton DART. 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. It will contribute significantly to LLAL’s target of encouraging at least 45 per cent of all travellers to the airport to use public transport.
 
Phil Hobson, VFK’s project director at the Luton DART, said: “This was an especially challenging project milestone to reach and required a huge collaborative effort between all parties. The team worked incredibly well together to successfully install the bridge. Every aspect of the installation was specialised and complex. From setting up the temporary ramps to moving the bridge, which took us over two hours. Each operation over the weekend was expertly planned and we are really pleased to have reached this vital point in construction of the project.”
 
The project is being funded and delivered by Luton Council’s airport company, London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL).