First phase of Luton DART’s Gateway Bridge completed
Luton, United Kingdom - The site team of Victor Buyck has finished the assembly of the deck of the new gateway bridge in Luton, UK. The bridge over the A1081 is a part of the Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) scheme, currently being constructed by VolkerFitzpatrick-KIER JV. The scheme will link London Luton Airport with the town’s Parkway station.
London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL) is building the link to support seamless journeys from St Pancras to the UK’s fifth largest airport in just 30 minutes and to help reduce the number of passengers travelling to and from the airport by private cars. The journey on the DART itself is estimated to take as little as four minutes.
The deck of the bridge, with a width of 7.5 meters, will span 75 meters, using 520 tonnes of weathering steel. The 12 large steelwork pieces have been manufactured in Eeklo, Belgium and were transported to the site with trailers and ferries. On the assembly area, the pieces have been lifted in place and welded together.
Next phases include concreting of the deck, assembly of the architectural top chord and the installation of the bridge above the road.