Parking for 3,000 cars planned for airport

A MASSIVE 3,100-space car park is being planned to service Dublin Airport passengers.
Fingal County Council planners are considering an application from Gatland Properties for the above-ground facility.

The planned car park will also have internal roads, bus parking, a roundabout, bus shelters, controlled access points and staff accommodation.

The private development is proposed for an 8.14 hectare site along Collinstown Road, close to Dublin Airport.

Accompanying the application is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Gatland has also sent several new pieces of information in a bid to satisfy council concerns, principally over drainage on the site.

The EIS outlines the intention of the developers to make the car park available for long-stay traffic using the airport.

Car parking at the airport is "almost at capacity", according to the EIS. The site is zoned for science and technology uses but a car park is acceptable "in principle".

Gatland said the application would not interfere with long-term plans for the site as it is only seeking temporary permission lasting five years.

The developers admit the project will bring new traffic to the area but this will be mitigated by plans to improve the road network in the area.

No details of prices for customers have been provided.

Increases in parking charges at Dublin Airport were introduced in November 2007.

The charges in the short-term car park increased 50pc, bringing the hourly rate to €4.50.

For long-term parking, the cost of the day rate increased by €1 to €9.50.

Revenues

The airport authority is looking at the possibility of further multi-storey car parking facilities at the airport.

Currently, there is a short-term multi-storey car park just across from the terminal. A second car park, for long-term parking, is some distance away.

Chief Executive of the Dublin Airport Authority, Declan Collier recently indicated that revenues from parking and shopping at Dublin Airport had dropped and profits and passenger numbers will fall through 2009 and 2010.
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