Ryebridge goes airside as Taxiway Foxtrot gets underway

The team at Ryebridge are now on site at London Luton Airport (LLA) constructing a new taxiway parallel to the existing one.

More than 60 staff are now on site at any one time, with the project due to be completed by this summer.

Ryebridge Construction has enjoyed a strong relationship with LLA since it was set up 10 years ago and, as Ryebridge Director Daniel Coyle says “our team is delighted to be part of this exciting project and the redevelopment of the airport. We have invested heavily in training and use local supply chain wherever possible.”

LLA has invested over £160million to transform the airport and increase capacity to 18 million passengers per year by 2020. The redevelopment includes a complete redesign of the terminal with new shops and restaurants and major upgrades to transport links, including better road access to the M1, new car parking facilities, a remodelled bus and coach interchange and improved rail links to Luton Airport Parkway station. In addition, work is well underway on a £225 million light rail system linking the airport with Luton Airport Parkway station and is anticipated to be completed by 2021. 

Ryebridge Director Daniel Coyle added: "We are delighted to be working on this key phase of development and are pleased to say one of our recently recruited apprentices, Taylor, is one of the project’s team – ensuring on the job training and development for young people, who are of course our workforce of the future.”

Ruari Maybank, Construction Director at LLA said: “The new taxiway (Taxiway Foxtrot) is one of the last steps in our journey to provide capacity for 18 million passengers a year. 

“The taxiway embodies our commitment to reduce the environmental impact of the airport, despite increasing the number of passengers and flights. 

“The conversion of existing and new taxiway lights to LEDs will reduce rather than increase our electricity consumption. The project will also provide a new de-icing facility, which will reduce delays during the cold winter months”.