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New security measures announced as terror attack cost estimated at 4m

22.11.07

Glasgow Airport has announced security changes and revealed costs linked to the failed terror attack could rise to £4million. New measures include a permanent ban on private vehicles getting close to the terminal, and a £500,000 upgrade of the new drop-off car park 200 yards from the terminal entrance.

A landscaped crash barrier will be built the length of the terminal building, replacing the concrete and steel blocks put in place in the aftermath of the attempted car-bomb attack. In addition, other measures will be brought in, but officials said that these could not be disclosed for security reasons.

Details of the security upgrade emerged as BAA revealed costs linked to the attack on June 30 were already £2m and could reach £4m after the planned work is carried out. This includes repairs to the building, temporary security barriers, lost revenue after the incident, refreshments for passengers stuck at the airport and the cost of hiring transport to evacuate the terminal.

Airport managing director Gordon Dewar said some of the security changes - most notably the permanent ban on private vehicle access - were not ideal, but necessary. The move has prompted complaints from passengers because of the 200 yard walk, the uneven pavement, and the danger of crossing a car park with moving vehicles.

He said that the airport will make the drop-off zone permanent, but spend £500,000 widening the area to increase capacity, installing new shelters and building a covered walkway to the terminal. The car park will also be re-surfaced, and the work should be completed by Christmas.

The new barrier in front of the terminal should be in place by spring alongside other new measures.

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