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Free drop-off to be introduced at Bristol Airport

Created: 17th Jan 2019

In response to calls for action from neighbouring communities, Bristol Airport will open an on-site waiting area for taxis, alongside a free-of-charge drop off facility for private vehicles.

The move follows concerns raised by local residents about the volume of cars waiting in local roads, lanes and laybys in order to avoid paying parking charges.

This issue featured prominently in feedback in recent consultations on the future development of the airport. Residents of villages around the airport site reported increased problems with inconsiderate parking by taxis and other vehicles causing disturbance and even obstructing access to properties.

A commitment to open an authorised waiting area for taxis, combined with a free-of-charge drop off facility for all vehicles (as an alternative to the existing Express Drop Off), is included in the airport’s proposals for the Section 106 Agreement which would accompany permission for growth beyond the current cap of 10 million passengers a year. North Somerset Council is currently consulting a planning application for facilities required to handle 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s.

Simon Earles, Planning & Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport, said:

“We have listened to feedback from our neighbours and this commitment to introduce an on-site waiting area for taxis and a free drop-off facility for private vehicles shows we are taking the issues they have raised seriously.

“By accommodating waiting taxis on site and providing a free alternative for private vehicles dropping off passengers, we aim to reduce the impact of growth on local villages. Work is now underway to find the right location for the proposed facility and set appropriate time limits in consultation with private hire operators.”

North Somerset Council’s consultation on the planning application to increase capacity of the airport to 12 million passengers a year closes on 26 January.