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Motoring group hits out at Glasgow Airport drop off plans

25.05.06

Plans to force drivers to park in an airport car park when they to drop off or pick up passengers from Glasgow Airport have been branded draconian by furious motoring groups. The criticism comes after it was revealed yesterday how cars and most taxis will be banned from stopping outside Glasgow airport terminal building from next month in a bid to cut congestion.

All drivers - apart from official airport taxis and buses - will be forced to park in an airport car park and to pay £1 for 15 minutes' waiting time at new pick-up points hundreds of yards away from the terminal's front doors. The charge will rise to £2 for up to 30 minutes.

Yesterday the AA slammed the move as an 'unfair tax' on motorists. Neil Greig, the group's head of policy in Scotland, said: 'We're very disappointed and think most drivers will find the pick-up charges draconian.'

'This move will increase congestion in the surrounding roads as drivers will circle the airport to kill time as they wait for friends and relatives. One of the biggest advantages of Glasgow Airport has been that it's easy to pick people up and drop them off.'

BAA will introduce a similar system at Edinburgh Airport at the end of the month. At Aberdeen airport it is free to stop outside the terminal building, while at Prestwick stopping immediately outside is banned but the car park is free for the first 10 minutes.

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