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Work to start on Jersey Airport's 'no traffic zone' in the autumn

The work is expected to be ready for the 2020 summer season. Credit: Ports of Jersey

Work to build a new plaza area in front of the passenger terminal at Jersey Airport is due to start in the autumn.

A 30 metre "no traffic" zone is needed to bring the building in line with other UK airports, following a terrorist attack at Glasgow Airport in 2007 when a vehicle carrying explosives tried to drive into the building.

The plaza is expected to be ready for the 2020 summer season. It is being phased in stages to adapt to the overall Future Airport Redevelopment programme, which will see the creation of an integrated arrivals and departures terminal.

The project faced delays while a funding framework was agreed, but it is hoped work will begin before the end of the year.

The Ports of Jersey is discussing options with taxi and bus operators about changes to the road layout.

Some of the options being considered include:

  • The creation of designated pick-up and drop-off zones for road transport providers.
  • The possibility of a free period of car parking for picking up and dropping off passengers.·
  • Seating in the plaza area together with covered access routes between the terminal and drop off points.
  • Improved external lighting for drop off and pick up points.Installation of external display screens with passenger information.

The key thing is to improve safety. It just means people won't have those pedestrian crossings. The other thing passengers will be interested in is we will be introducing a new car park area, a 20 or 30 minute free area.

– Alan Merry, Acting CEO, Ports of Jersey

Islanders with questions or comments relating to the project can either attend a roadshow at St Peter's Parish Hall on Wednesday 19 June between 6.30pm-8pm or email futureairport@ports.je.