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22nd Mar 2023

Dublin Airport given go ahead to charge drivers for dropping & collecting passengers

Simon Kelly

Dublin Airport charging pick and drop off

The hugely controversial plan has now been given the green light.

The operator of Dublin Airport has been allowed to proceed with controversial plans to introduce a new tolling system for motorists dropping off and collecting passengers at the airport.

An Bord Pleanála has upheld the decision of Fingal County Council to grant planning permission to DAA to develop new, tolled drop-off and pick-up zones at both airport terminals.

Promises have been made by the operator that revenue from the system will be ring-fenced for sustainability initiatives at the airport.

Local independent councillor, Joe Newman had his appeal against the ruling rejected by the board. The Swords-based public representative had accused DAA of “jumping the gun” with the new tolling system given plans for a metro system to link Dublin Airport with the city centre.

“There is also no operational need for the tolling infrastructure as people have been using the drop-off zones appropriately for numerous years now,” said Mr Newman.

He continued by saying the DAA had chosen “financial interests over the stability and quality of the public realm.”

Long-term plans

Alterations to sections of the existing road network at Dublin Airport including routes to and from the Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 buildings are part of the overarching plans that involve the implementation of the tolling system.

There will also be changes to the existing layout of the Express Red Long-Term Car Park, including the removal of 206 spaces and the development of a time-limited, free waiting zone for 100 vehicles dropping off and collecting passengers.

According to DAA consultants, the plans were designed to reduce the number of passengers using private vehicles for drop-off and pick-up and to encourage the greater use of public transport as well as making more efficient use of the airport’s road network.

Despite the decision, Dublin Airport have issued a response to the news, saying there are “no current plans to introduce drop-off or pick-up charges.”

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