Forecourt changes at Manchester Airport (click on map to enlarge)
Airport authorities have announced some important changes which will affect those who fly from and/or land at Manchester Airport
As passenger numbers have grown, the Airport has increasingly experienced major congestion problems on the Terminal forecourts, made worse by a high percentage of visitors repeatedly recirculating at peak times. Although there has been investment in various programmes to increase capacity, as much as possible, these are limited by security issues that restrict how close vehicles can get to the Terminal front. The forecourts were not designed to handle the number of vehicles they do today and do not have the capacity to cope with any further growth in the number of people being dropped-off immediately outside the terminals.
The Airport authorities are therfore investing in a dedicated drop-off site, from where a free shuttle service will operate to all three terminals. It is hoped this will contribute to a major reduction in the number of individual vehicles trying to access the most congested parts of the campus.
In parallel, an Express Drop-off charge will be introduced in the areas directly outside the three terminals and Ground Transport Interchange, like those already in place at almost all other UK airports.
As part of these efforts to reduce on-site congestion, Airport authorities are creating a brand new Public Transport Development Fund, overseen by newly-formed body made up of representatives from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Cheshire East Council and Transport for Greater Manchester. It will work to identify and support initiatives that will improve access to Manchester Airport for passengers and employees.
From June if you are looking to drop off or be dropped off at Manchester Airport, this will be possible free of charge at the drop off point or you can choose to pay £3 for five minutes (£4 for ten) to be dropped off outside the Terminal front.
It is hoed that these changes will free the site from the congestion experienced in recent years and so allow smoother journeys for all users.
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