Engineering firm Arup and Knight Architects have submitted plans for a new bridge at Luton Airport, part of a wider planning application for a £200M mass passenger transit (MPT) system.
If the planning application is successful the MPT system will run for 2.2km, taking passengers from Luton Parkway rail station to the airport’s central terminal within five minutes. It accompanies a £110M programme to upgrade Luton Airport.
London Luton Gateway Bridge will span 72m across a busy road leading from the rail station to the airport. The 24-hour MPT will run alongside the existing railway line before crossing over the new bridge.
The bridge is asymetrical, with the top chord of the steel truss curving upwards, meaning the bridge requires detailed structural design.
Light pollution from the bridge could affect safety at the airport. To counter this an LED system will be attached to the bridge’s top chord to provide lighting from above, lighting up automatically as it gets dark in the evenings.
Arup and Knight Architects submitted the plans to Luton Council as part of the wider MPT scheme. A tender for £115M worth of civils work for the MPT was released last month (February).
If the planning application is successful work for the MPT could begin later this year and finish in spring 2021.