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Luton Airport invites bids for £115m rail work

Contractors are being invited to bid for up to £115m of work to create a rail link at Luton Airport.

The scheme will see an automated train line connecting Luton Airport Parkway train station with the airport’s terminal.

A civils package worth £85m-£115m will cover construction of a 2.1 km line between two purpose-built stations: Stirling Place close to Luton Airport Parkway, and Central Terminal at the airport end.

Part of the new route will run alongside an existing track before crossing over the A1081 via a new bridge called the London Luton Gateway. Part of the line will have to be routed through a cut-and-cover box section under the airport taxiway.

A second package for the design, build and operation of the train system is valued between £30m and £35m.

Luton councillor and airport chair Andy Malcolm said: “The submission of our planning application is the most significant moment yet in the ongoing £1.5bn transformation of our town under the exciting and ambitious Luton Investment Framework.

“It opens up opportunities for development throughout the London Luton Airport Enterprise Zone and confirms our confidence in Luton’s potential for economic and employment growth.”

A planning application for the rail scheme was submitted on 13 February with a target consent date of the end of June this year.

Arup has been commissioned to develop the design and support the planning application and procurement of contracts.

PQQs were issued today with a return deadline of 29 March. A main contractor is expected to be appointed in October 2017.

The majority of the civils work are scheduled to take place in 2018 and 2019, with the line expected to be operational by March 2021.

For information on bidding visit the Luton council procurement site.

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