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£2.5 Million Improvements for Bristol Airport Car Parks

Created: 21st Sep 2017

New car park reception opens to passengers for the first time

A major car park improvement scheme at Bristol Airport opened to passengers for the first time this week.  A total of £2.5m has been invested in the Silver Zone car park, with a new reception building for customers headlining the improvements.

The reception building is located at the heart of an extended Silver Zone car park, which provides more car park spaces in order to meet expected demand next summer.  On a typical day thousands of people pass through the reception building, which hosts up to 50 staff from the Airport’s ground transportation team.  The two-storey structure is designed to create a more positive first and last impression for passengers when using the Airport.

The Silver Zone Car Park has been awarded the Park Mark award for safer parking and is equipped with CCTV, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), Vehicle Damage Recognition (VDR) cameras on entry, a secure fence, and is monitored 24 hours a day. All vehicles are kept in the secure area and are not moved from the car park at any time. A frequent courtesy coach transfer to and from the terminal operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

The development provides improved internal road design, landscaping and signage all geared to assist passengers when parking cars on site.  In the reception building passengers will see an enlarged reception area with the interior décor using colours and textures highlighting the Sense of Place initiative already in place in the terminal showcasing the region. 

The investment in car parks follows major extensions to the terminal building, including a £24 million upgrade to the security search, baggage reclaim and arrivals areas.  Improvements to the immigration hall totalling £2.3 million, and a 201 room Hampton-by-Hilton hotel opened earlier in 2017.  Work is also underway for the first phase of a multi-storey car park, to be located opposite the terminal and set to open summer 2018. 

Andrew Goodenough, Development Director at Bristol Airport, said:
“These developments demonstrate our continued drive to enhance passenger facilities at Bristol Airport.  The improvements at Silver Zone meets the growing passenger demand for good quality, secure car parking, as passengers can now enjoy great service in brand-new facilities with the peace of mind their car will be safe and secure on-site at a competitive price.  Once completed, the multi-storey car park will provide a complementary offer for those wanting the added convenience of parking in close proximity to the terminal.”

The route network available from Bristol Airport is also growing, with direct flights to over 120 destinations and frequent daily services to major hubs including Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and Frankfurt.  
Having invested more than £160 million in new infrastructure and facilities since 2010, Bristol Airport is well positioned to serve passengers across the South West of the UK, and also provides a gateway to the region for international visitors.  This has resulted in the Airport being rated number one in the UK for overall customer satisfaction by ASQ, the benchmarking programme run by Airports Council International.

Throughout 2017, Bristol Airport will be celebrating 60 years at its current site.  As well as looking back on a rich aviation history, work will begin on an updated Master Plan which will consider how best to meet growing demand for air travel to and from the South West and South Wales over the next two decades.  The views of customers, employees, neighbours and others stakeholders will be vital in helping to shape the Airport’s vision for the future.

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