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Transforming Luton Airport Parkway

Luton Airport Parkway railway station is preparing for the 2022 arrival of the £225m, Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART) system which will cut the journey from station to airport to under four minutes.


DART is a transit system formed of two automated shuttles, which will cut the 2.1km journey between airport and railway station to under 4 minutes.

It's all part of a strategy to switch airport traffic from road to rail, and together with Thameslink train services, means a step-change in how passengers access the airport, with fast, easy access between railway station and airport station. You can find out more about DART at:

New lifts, escalators and an upgraded station

DART also brings a major upgrade for Luton Airport Parkway that will transform the station.

The DART team is building a dedicated terminal building next to the station, and this will be connected directly to platforms with a brand-new footbridge, two new lifts and three new escalators on the platform with more within the terminal building itself. This means improved step-free access to all platforms, benefitting every station user.

Works are underway, with the DART upgrade to complete in 2022.