Driving To St Mary’s Airport To Be Restricted

St Mary's Airport

St Mary’s Airport

Motorists won’t be allowed to drive up to the drop off area at St Mary’s airport from this summer.

Only transport operators or official vehicles will be allowed direct access to the front of the terminal.

Airport management say that they are expecting an increase in the numbers of passengers because Tresco visitors will be transferring at St Mary’s following the end of direct helicopter flights to that island.

The change is designed to separate vehicles and pedestrians and follows advice from the Council’s airport consultants.

Airport manager Howard Cole told the recent Transport Committee that the plan is to create a single arrivals area instead of retaining the two arrival halls and pick up points.

Chair of the committee, Dudley Mumford, says the new arrangements would be, “health and safety driven.”

3 Responses to Driving To St Mary’s Airport To Be Restricted

  1. Fran Grottick February 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

    While it is good to hear that the majority of the 452
    visitors who answered the survey were happy with their
    accommodation and food and felt that travel to the
    Islands was good value for money, that is only a very
    small percentage of our visitors.
    I suggest we cannot be complacent.
    These findings CANNOT be used to challenge the
    commonly held belief that the cost of travel is a significant
    issue,visitors mention it all the time.
    Visitor numbers are dropping,and for those who have not visited or revisited, those costs are an integral part of that decision.

  2. Liz Martland February 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Although disabled, I am able to drive. Walking a distance is not easy. There is no facility for Disabled Parking at the airport, & it is often not possible to find somewhere close enough to park close to the arrivals/departure area. This will also mean I will be unable to drop off or collect my disabled husband. I hope the issue of Disabled Access is included in this new scheme.

  3. Malcolm Martland February 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

    What about people with disabilities? I find it quite an ordeal to walk from the car park to the terminal. Why should I have to use only designated transport when I can easily be dropped off and collected from the entrance?