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Residents' petition over airport passenger parking row

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A petition has been launched calling for more parking restrictions to be introduced on roads in the areas around Gatwick Airport.

Some villagers living near the airport in Sussex say that some passengers are leaving their cars parked in residential streets before flying, and sometimes block access to their driveways.

Managers at Gatwick said that they predict passenger numbers will increase to nearly 53 million a year by 2023, and that the airport is trying to ease pressure on parking. They are expanding long stay car parking and introducing a new car share scheme, among other things.

Gatwick has always strived to provide adequate parking facilities for its passengers and offers a range of long and short stay parking options at the airport.

As part of Gatwick’s new five-year Capital Investment Plan, a number of projects have been identified to expand and enhance the current car parking capacity on the airport campus.

These include the completion of the South Terminal long stay car park decking project, providing an additional 1,200 car parking spaces this summer, and the development of ‘close to terminal’ car park options with multi storey solutions planned in both terminals.

Other initiatives to help both passengers and staff park at the airport include: a partnership with car rental service ‘Car & Away’, which allows passengers to rent out their vehicle while away on holiday, and most recently a staff car-pooling service offering preferential parking spaces closest to the terminals for those who use the service the most.

The airport also continues to support greater use of electric vehicles with the aim of reducing Gatwick’s environmental impact and realising its ambition to be the UK’s most sustainable airport. In a UK airport first, a fleet of 100% electric cars are available for reserving and pick-up at Gatwick for staff and local residents. Gatwick is accredited as a carbon neutral airport, uses 100% renewable electricity and 44% of passengers currently get to the airport by public transport.

Gatwick is actively engaging with local community stakeholder groups and has invested in an ‘Approved Operator’ scheme to support passengers making the right decisions when choosing who they park with at the airport.

– Gatwick Airport statement