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Bridge design unveiled for Luton Airport mass transit

7 Mar 17 Knight Architects and Arup have submitted plans for the bridge that will carry a planned rail link to Luton Airport.

Design by Knight Architects and Arup
Design by Knight Architects and Arup

Luton Airport Gateway Bridge will be part of the £200m mass passenger transit (MPT) system linking London Luton Airport with Luton Parkway railway station.

The MPT system will be a fully-automated people-mover running alongside the mainline railway before crossing over Airport Way via the new bridge.

The London Luton Gateway Bridge has been designed as an asymmetric structure, spanning 72 metres across the busy Airport Way. Its top chord describes a parabola, tapering to a slender profile that appears to fade into the distance, the designers say.

LED lights will illuminate it after dark. Unlike traditional lighting systems for gateway bridges, which are illuminated from below, these lights will be attached directly to the structure and aimed downwards.

Subject to planning permission, work could begin in late 2017 – with the transit system ready for operation by spring 2021.

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