The car drivers left and gathered friends and family from Dublin Airport will have to pay to do so after the airport operator gives the green light to create a new paid pick-up and drop-off area.
Ingal County Council has granted planning permission to DAA for infrastructure installation and internal road changes at the airport to enable the implementation of the new toll zone plan at T1 and T2.
An airport spokesman said today that the decision to charge car drivers to shuttle family members and friends is part of its sustainability momentum.
“As part of our ‘sustainability’ programme, the new system aims to reduce car journeys to and from the airport and encourage passengers to use more public transport.
“The commercial funds raised by the new system will be the basis for sustainability initiatives at the airport, including a proposed solar farm, parking and fleet transformation. shuttle our employees from diesel to low-emission vehicles and install additional electric vehicle charging points.
“The free pick-up and drop-off option will continue to be available once new areas have been introduced in a new dedicated area in the Express Red long-term car park.
“There will be special provisions for people with reduced mobility.”
The spokesman said that the new system will not be used for the upcoming summer and construction will take place in the second half of 2022.
Licensing of key program components is for five years as the theme development site is needed to build Metrolink.
Paid pick-up and drop-off area operations are based on Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras with license plates being read upon entry and exit and fees are calculated based on the time the driver spends at the drop-off area.
Planning consultants for the DAA say that the new program will make exit and access arrangements more efficient at T1 and T2.
Coakley O’Neill Town Planning says the proposals will lead to more coordinated, controlled and efficient management of passenger pick-up and drop-off.
The consultants’ report said the proposed development would have no adverse impact on parking, bus operations, pedestrians or cyclists and would contribute to improved operational efficiency. on land, especially the movement of traffic.
Authorization comes 13 months after Fingal County Council denied planning permission for the previous DAA’s proposed paid pick-up and drop-off.
In the revised plan, the DAA addressed two reasons for rejecting the previous plan, including the loss of long-term car parking spaces.
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