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Event Organiser: Railway Civil Engineers’ Association

Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit)

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 25 November 2021
  • 18:00 - 19:30
Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit)

About this event

The meeting will cover key engineering aspects (permanent and temporary works) of the new Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) – a project to transport travellers from Luton Airport Parkway station to the terminal of London Luton Airport in under four minutes.

The project provides 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 2022, 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 comprises 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 route also caters for a 50m level change that involves two new stations a 300m long viaduct, a landmark bridge and 360m long tunnels leading to the sub surface station adjacent to the Airport Terminal.

The project is being delivered by Volkerfitzpatrick / KIER JV with Tony Gee and Partners leading a design team including RPS, Hewson & Coffey.


Stephen Pettifer

Senior Design Manager - Volkerfitzpatrick

Stephen is a highly experienced Civil Engineer with 25 years of experience in Civil Engineering ranging across a number of sectors. He specialises in complex structure installation using methods such as heavy lifting and bridge transportation. He has worked on a variety of multidiscipline projects with a rail interfaces working for VolkerFitzpatrick.

Stephen is the Design Manager for the project leading the multi-disciplinary design for the Luton DART.

Ian Hackman - Tony Gee & Partners

Associate Director

Ian has 15 years’ experience in the design of permanent and temporary works in a variety of Civil Engineering Sectors; ranging from working in the rail industry on new bridge and station schemes to assessment/strengthening of existing assets. He specialises on schemes which have a higher than usual analytical requirement, or which require significant crossover between civil engineering and other disciplines. Ian acted as Project Manager and Designers Site Representative for the lead design organisation.

Richard Scantlebury – Hewson Consulting Engineers

Director of Major Projects

Richard has over 15 years’ experience in the design and construction of bridges, stations, and major civil engineering projects. He is actively involved in design of permanent and temporary works from concept stages through to detailed design and construction support including erection engineering. He has experience of projects in the UK, Middle East, Africa, Australia and Asia, using various international and local codes of practice.

Richard led the Hewson team which provided structural design for the two stations and associated major temporary works.

Introduction by Mark Pritchard – Vokerfitzpatrick Head of Design management for Civils Division. Responsible for putting the Design Team together at tender stage.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Elira Alushi

e: [email protected]