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Manchester Airport confirms date for new drop-off charges

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Manchester Airport has today confirmed that its new system to tackle congestion at the site will go live on Tuesday 10th July 2018.

At the end of May the airport revealed more details about the scheme coming into force.

In March, they announced the introduction of a dedicated drop-off site, from where passengers will be able to board a free shuttle service to their terminal of choice.

Airport bosses hope this measure will help to ease growing levels of congestion on the airport campus by reducing the number of cars entering the busiest areas of the site.

Those still wanting to be dropped-off directly outside of the terminals will pay a £3 fee for five minutes or £4 for 10 minutes.

There is no change to arrangements for picking people up, with those collecting passengers asked to park in the car parks at each terminal (£4 for 30 minutes).

Tricia Williams, COO of Manchester Airport, said: “Manchester Airport has seen a significant increase in passenger volumes in the past five years and is heavily investing in further growth and improvements to the customer experience, most notably through our £1bn transformation programme.

“This growth, coupled with imposed security restrictions on forecourt capacity and an inability to increase available space, has led to extreme congestion around the estate, especially at peak times.

“It became clear we had to take a more proactive approach to managing this, as Manchester Airport continues to grow, which is why we are introducing this forecourt management system.”

She added: “We are committed to ensuring people can still be dropped off for free at the airport, which is why we have invested in the creation of a dedicated drop-off site and free shuttle service. 

“The location of the site has been carefully chosen due to its proximity to all terminal and the motorway network.

“We have listened carefully to issues raised by passengers since announcing our plans and have been able to respond to many of the concerns raised.”

Tricia said airport staff will be on hand prior, during and after 10th July to assist passengers who need guidance or help.

Bosses have added that one of the main causes of congestion at the airport is the high proportion of vehicles recirculating around the campus. At peak times, as many as one in five cars travels onto the forecourt areas at least twice.

To address this, it’s been confirmed that drivers of vehicles that do want to pay the drop off charge will not be allowed to recirculate. Those that do will face a £25 penalty.

The free drop off site is located at the current Jetparks 1 site, near to Terminal 2.

There will be separate shuttle buses for Terminal 2 and Terminal 1/3. They will run every 15 minutes, with journey times of five and seven minutes respectively.

Proceeds from the forecourt management scheme will go into a new public transport fund being set up by the airport.

This will be used to support measures to improve access to the site for employment opportunities as well as passengers using public transport.

The airport will be working in partnership with Cheshire East Council, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester to administer the fund.

Passengers and can find out more information here.

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