Manchester Airport scraps free drop-off lanes

- A Monitor Report 21 Mar, 2018 | 5877 Views|-+
MANCHESTER: Manchester Airport is axing its free drop-off lanes - leaving people having to pay, or use a shuttle bus.

Passengers being dropped off at Manchester Airport by car will soon face a choice as bosses attempt to relieve crippling congestion around the site.

From June, drivers will be charged £3 for five minutes on the forecourts of the terminals and train station, or £4 for a maximum 10 minutes.

Airport bosses are also opening a free off-site drop-off car park on Thorley Lane.

Based in the former Jet Parks 1 - up to now a long-stay car park for holidaymakers - passengers will be dropped off before taking a shuttle bus to their terminal.

It will take seven minutes to cover the half mile to terminal two or 12 minutes to bridge the 1.2 mile journey to terminals one and three.

The ‘express drop-off charge’ and free parking are aimed at freeing up the hub’s congested roads, which have been the subject of a barrage of Twitter complaints in recent months.

The airport also commissioned a study of the site, which they say shows the forecourts are ‘broken’.

By next year, the report says, there could be 40 per cent more traffic.

The problem, according to bosses, is caused by ‘kiss and fly traffic’ - when friends or relatives drop off passengers.

It’s also due to drivers doing ‘circuits’ of the traffic system to avoid paying for parking. At peak times, the airport says, one in five cars hits the forecourts at least twice.

There are no changes to pick-up policy, with drivers directed to continue using the £4-per-30 minute multi-storey, according to a Manchester newspaper.

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