New airport set down barriers will charge motorists if they stay too long

New airport set down barriers will charge motorists if they stay too long
The new barrier at the entrance to the set down areas outside Cork airport terminal. Picture Denis Minihane.

Cork Airport has installed new car barriers at the terminal's set down area that will see motorists charged money if they remain there for more than 15 minutes.

As Ireland’s fastest growing airport prepares for an 8% growth in traffic, they’ve taken measures to ensure the traffic continues to flow freely in and out of the set down zone.

Motorists will be charged if they stay longer than 15 minutes. Picture Denis Minihane.
Motorists will be charged if they stay longer than 15 minutes. Picture Denis Minihane.

New barriers have been installed at the exit to the set down zone. They will automatically scan licence plate numbers on entering the zone.

If the vehicle departs the zone within 15 minutes the exit barrier will open for free.

However, if you remain in the set down lane for 16 to 20 minutes, you’ll incur a €3 charge, then from 21 to 30 minutes, it will cost €5, while remaining there between 31 minutes to an hour will cost €10. 

If you remain in the set down lane between 61 and 121 minutes you’ll be charged €20. However, if you move your vehicle to the short-stay car park you’re first 15 minutes there will be free of charge too.

Drivers can pay for their time spent in the set down zone at the barrier as they leave, with the option of paying either by cash or card.

Cork Airport said new signage has also been put in place to help drivers navigate through the new set down system. 

The new barriers are part of a reconfiguration of the airport's internal road network.

The new fares at Cork Airport set down area. Picture Denis Minihane.
The new fares at Cork Airport set down area. Picture Denis Minihane.

They have also changed access to the old terminal area including the Express Red Car Park, staff car park, emergency rendezvous point, terminal deliveries and Compass House to a new two-way road off the Cork Airport Hotel roundabout. 

In addition to new wayfinding signage on approach, temporary variable message signs have been installed to alert the public to the new road layout changes. Further temporary traffic management controls will be in place on the new road layout to assist road users adjust to the road layout change.

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