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18. April 2018

Doppelmayr Cable Car to build Cable Liner® in London

A new transport link will connect Luton Airport


A major expansion project at London Luton Airport is to include the creation of a new transport link. In the future, instead of taking a shuttle bus, passengers travelling to Luton from London St. Pancras International will be able to cover the last leg of their journey on the new automated people mover Cable Liner from Doppelmayr Cable Car. As a result of this change, the trip from the central London to the international airport will take just 30 minutes. As well as building the Cable Liner, Doppelmayr Cable Car will operate the system for the first five years. The ground-breaking ceremony was held on April 17, 2018. The Cable Liner, which will cover a route of approximately two kilometres in length, is scheduled to go into public service in 2021.


London Luton Airport lies roughly 50 kilometres north of the UK capital. In order to make the journey significantly quicker for passengers while offering them excellent comfort during the trip, London Luton Airport Limited is to invest in a new transport link between the rail station Luton Airport Parkway and the airport. The Direct Air to Rail Transit (DART) system will be an automated people mover Cable Liner from Doppelmayr Cable Car. The Luton DART will be approximately two kilometres long and will provide a passenger service every four minutes during peak times. Doppelmayr Cable Car will also be responsible for operating the system for the first five years – with an option to extend the agreement by another five years. The ground-breaking ceremony was held on April 17, 2018.

The Cable Liner Shuttle from Doppelmayr Cable Car impressed the customer thanks to its capacity, reliability and energy efficiency. Councillor Andy Malcolm, Chair of London Luton Airport Limited, had this to say: “This investment will encourage and transform the experience of those travelling to the airport by rail, thereby helping to reduce congestion on the roads, and confirms our confidence in Luton’s potential for economic and employment growth.”

The Doppelmayr Group has a large number of similar reference projects to its name. In the UK, Luton is now the second airport that has placed its trust in the expertise of the global market leader. The Air Rail Link in Birmingham has been operating since 2003.

In this latest project, Doppelmayr Cable Car will be focusing a special emphasis on value creation for the local area. The partnership with schools and colleges in Luton will be particularly important during the implementation phase. Local businesses and young people are to be involved during construction of the Luton DART. The installation work is due to start in 2019 and the system will open for public service in 2021.


Key facts and figures:

  • Employer: London Luton Airport Limited
  • Contractor: Doppelmayr Cable Car UK Limited
  • System type: Cable Liner Double Shuttle
  • Line: 2 independent tracks, each covering a length of 1,955m
  • Number of trains: 2 trains, each consisting of 4 cars
  • Capacity per train: 170 passengers
  • Transport capacity: 2,720 passengers per hour and direction
  • Installation to commence in autumn 2019
  • Public service from April 2021
  • Operating agreement for 5 years + option of another 5 years



Doppelmayr Group
Mag. Julia Schwärzler
Head of Marketing and Public Relations
Konrad-Doppelmayr-Strasse 1, P.O. Box 20
6922 Wolfurt / Austria
T +43 5574 604 227
Email: julia.schwaerzler@doppelmayr.com
Internet: www.doppelmayr.com

Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH & Co KG
Markus Schrentewein
Managing Director
Konrad-Doppelmayr-Strasse 1, P.O. Box 6
6922 Wolfurt / Austria
T +43 5574 604 1232
Email: markus.schrentewein@doppelmayr.com
Internet: www.dcc.at

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