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New Car Park Planned For Airport 15 April 2008

Subject to Tynwald approval, work will start next month on a new car park at the Isle of Man Airport.

The proposed £1m scheme will provide a much needed additional 221 car and 11 motorcycle spaces, and include nine dedicated disabled parking spaces. If the scheme receives approval, work would start on site on May 6th with completion scheduled for mid-October.

The car park would be sited on the opposite side of the road to the entrance to the existing overflow car park, in between the Cargo Terminal and the Freeport, and would be the first increase in the Airport’s car parking capacity since 1997.

Airport Director Ann Reynolds explained: “Having sufficient car parking capacity for the future is essential to the successful operation and development of the Airport. Already at peak times, such as school holidays, demand exceeds capacity and the current 736 spaces are regularly full, leading to customers making alternative arrangements, often resulting in complaints from local residents and businesses. The proposed new car park would provide sufficient car parking capacity for a projected passenger throughput of 1 million per year.”

In addition to pavement construction, footways, lighting, planting and fencing, the scheme would include drainage and utility works, the installation of traffic barriers and a pay station. The project has been designed by the Department’s Design Services Division, whilst the main contractor will be the Department’s Works Division.

The cost of the scheme is £1,033,752, which has been independently validated. This is within the budgetary provision and the project has Treasury concurrence.

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