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What is happening?

Newcastle Airport is trialling a new layout to the existing road that runs past the terminal forecourt. The existing fence will be removed, and the drop-off/pick-up lane will extend the full length of the forecourt area. The inside lane adjacent to the fencing will become a drop-off/pick-up lane, while the outside lane will be a transit lane for all vehicles.

Initially the trial will operate for a period of 5-weeks, and if successful the changes will remain in place.


Start date:
12 July 2021* End date:16 August 2021*
*Subject to change.


Why is this happening?

We would like to make the terminal more accessible for everyone. This new formation is designed to reduce traffic congestion during busy periods. It will be quicker to drop-off and pick-up passengers, making this experience easier and more relaxed.


How will you measure the success of the trial?

A team of engineers will monitor the changes in vehicle and pedestrian traffic before, during and after the trial using existing CCTV cameras installed around the forecourt and access roads.

 

Diagram of traffic changes

FAQs

The reason for the trial is to investigate how improvements can be made to our kerbside drop-off and pick-up zones by increasing the amount of stopping bays in front of the terminal. We expect these changes will benefit passengers during peak times by allowing more vehicles to access the forecourt area. If the trial is successful, the kerbside improvements will become permanent.

The trial is expected to take one week to install and then run initially for 4 weeks.  
Start date: 12 July 2021 End date:16 August 2021 (subject to change).

Customers will be able to drop-off and pick-up along the full length of the forecourt. (Please refer to the above map.)

For the purposes of aviation security, drivers can stay as long as it takes to pick-up or drop-off passengers.

Please note: the drop-off and pick-up zone is a No Parking Zone and it is unlawful to leave your vehicle unattended; failure to comply may result in an infringement notice being issued. Please co-operate if you are asked to move your vehicle by a uniformed airport staff member.

Any drivers who arrive too early to drop-off or pick-up are welcome to park in our designated waiting zone located in our Long Stay Saver Overflow car park (refer to map above) which allows you to stay for 2-hours at no charge. When their passenger is ready to be picked up, they can notify their driver via text message that it is time to move to the forecourt area.

To spend more time saying goodbye, or greeting a passenger, parking is available in our Long Stay Saver car park starting at $2.50 per hour. Or our Short Stay 1 car park starting at $5.00 per hour. Learn more about car parking prices on our Airport Parking webpage

A safe buffer space has been incorporated along the length of the drop-off/pick-up lane to allow passengers to exit or enter their vehicle. In addition, the forecourt area will be monitored and managed by airport operations staff.

Added protection around the pedestrian crossings will also be installed to improve pedestrian safety when crossing the road.

The long-term vision is to improve our customer experience by making the drop-off and pick-up process easier for everyone. The lessons learned from the trial will be captured and included in the design considerations for the terminal upgrades works planned over the next three years.

The trial will not impact the cost of parking. Any drivers who arrive too early to drop-off or pick-up are welcome to park in our designated waiting zone located in our Long Stay Saver Overflow car park (refer to map above) which allows you to stay for 2-hours at no charge. When their passenger is ready to be picked up, they can notify their driver via text message that it is time to move to the forecourt area.

If you would like to provide feedback about the forecourt trial, please email admin@newcastleairport.com.au with the subject line ‘Forecourt trial feedback’.

The loop road to access the forecourt area is publicity accessible and will remain so during trial operations. As with the current arrangements – the trial will have a moving or transit lane that passes beside the drop-off and pick-up zone and will be used by moving vehicles. These vehicles include, private vehicles, taxis, rideshare vehicles, buses, coaches, and trucks.

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