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Hewson to design underground elements of Luton rail scheme

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Hewson Consulting Engineers has confirmed that it has been appointed to design the cut and cover station for new rail link between Luton Airport Parkway station and the airport terminal.

The £119M scheme, planned to start in the spring, includes the construction of a 2.1km guided mass rapid transit passenger system between two new stations. The two stations, one close to the existing Luton Airport Parkway Station and a second at the terminal will cut passenger travelling time by up to 30 minutes.

Volker Fitzpatrick-Kier JV has already been announced as the main contractor for the scheme which includes constructing viaducts, embankments, cut and cover works, and two new stations. 

The terminal station, designed by Hewson, will be built underground using cut and cover method.

Luton Airport

Luton Airport

Artist’s impression of the airport terminal station

Hewson is the structural designer for the two new stations, which account for the half the scheme cost, and will be working with architects from RPS and M&E designer and supplier NG Bailey.

Hewson director Andrew Hodgkinson said: “Hewson is delighted to be working with RPS to design the two stations on the Luton MPT scheme.

“Each station presents different challenges: Parkway being adjacent to and linking with the existing Network Rail mainline station and Central Terminal being underground at a constrained site within the airport.

“This project will further build on Hewson’s rail station design portfolio having recently completed four stations for the Jakarta MRT”

The transit system is due to open in Spring 2021.


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