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No more quick drop offs or pick ups at Glasgow Airport

24.05.06

Motorists and many taxis are to be banned from dropping off and picking up passengers directly outside Glasgow airport from next week. The strict new measures, designed to give priority to public transport, mean that drivers will be forced to pay £1 for 15 minutes of waiting time at new pick-up points, located several minutes walk from the terminal.

Airport officials say the £250,000 redesign of the terminal forecourt will improve safety and security. The airport also hopes the new layout will encourage more people to use public transport - currently, only 11% of passengers take a bus.

From next month, airport licensed taxis and public service buses will use an inner lane next to the terminal building while private cars and private taxis will only be allowed to drop off passengers at an outer lane. The use of automatic number plate recognition technology and drop-down barriers will ensure that only pre-registered vehicles will be able to access the inner lane.

Motorists, including private hire taxis and black cabs, will be charged £1 for the first 15 minutes to use pick-up zones in airport car parks 1 (covered) and 3 (uncovered). If they linger they will e charged £2 for up to 30 minutes. After that, normal parking charges apply if people continue to wait - for example for delayed flights.

People picking up passengers are being discouraged from using airport car park 2, which is nearest to the terminal building. To do this, airport bosses have made it more expensive at £2 for the first 30 minutes.

Some hire taxis have expressed fears that they will not be able to collect passengers from in front of the terminal. Chauffeur Jim McNeil of Bishopton, said: 'How can I ask company directors to walk in the rain? I see this as a money-making exercise and nothing else.'

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