Airport Forecourt Project

Background

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department of Transport requires Ports of Jersey to implement a 30-metre ‘no traffic’ exclusion zone to bring it in line with other airports, which are part of the ‘Common Travel Area’ within the UK. This stems from the terrorist attack at Glasgow Airport in 2007 when a vehicle attempted to access the passenger terminal building laden with explosives with the intention of detonating them. Despite legislation coming into force soon after, Ports of Jersey has had, to date, exemption based on a clear commitment that this would be implemented as part of its Future Airport redevelopment plans. 

Failure to implement this exclusion zone and comply with these agreed security requirements would result in the Director of Civil Aviation issuing a non-conformance against Ports of Jersey, which could have a reputational impact on its future working relationship with airlines and business partners.   

  • Ports of Jersey is currently undertaking a competitive procurement process to appoint a contractor. As part of this process, we are working to confirm the phasing of the construction for the forecourt to reduce disruption to the airport. Enabling works are likely to commence in Quarter 1 2020;  

  • The surrounding roads will be realigned to create a 30-metre exclusion zone in front of the terminal building, bringing Jersey into line with airports across Europe;

  • A new road and roundabout will be built, giving access to the car park. This road will also create dedicated routes for public and private taxis, buses and coaches; 

  • A new ‘drop off only’ area will be created, which will make it easier and safer for departing passengers;

  • The public car park will provide a limited free period of time to enable smoother pick-ups for passengers. Drivers will only be charged for longer stays. Once again, this will drivers to park safely while waiting to collect arriving passengers; 

  • There will be a dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone for those who need special assistance and support;

  • A dedicated car rental facility will be constructed within the car park to allow for easier collection and drop off for rental vehicles. 

Further updates will be posted on this page as and when details confirmed. In the meantime, if you have a specific question, comment or query relating to the Forecourt, please get in touch by emailing futureairport@ports.je 


FAQs

as of January 2020

Q. What impact will these future changes have on passengers/airport users?

A. The proposed plans allow for bespoke drop-off and pick-up points for public transport providers and taxi operators. Public vehicles will use the car park where drop-off and pick-up points will be provided. There is likely to be a limited period of 'free parking' in the car park to facilitate this.

Q. Does that mean that the 'Pit Stop', which currently allows up to 10-minutes to pick up/drop off passengers at no charge, will no longer be offered?

A. Public vehicles can use the car park to drop off and pick up passengers, which is likely to offer a period of 'free parking' to facilitate this.

Q. What about pre-booked cabs?

A. The intention will be to allow pre-booked cab operators to use the designated drop-off/pick-up points used by the bus, private coach and taxi operators.

Q. What arrangements will be put in place for elderly passengers or those with mobility issues? 

A. Ports of Jersey intends to provide wheelchair storage in these locations, as well as at the car park drop-off zone. In addition, the feasibility of installing covered walkway areas between the pick-up/drop-off points and the terminal buildings is also being considered.  

Q. Will you be providing any taxi/bus shelters for days when there is inclement weather?

A. Yes. Where appropriate, we are also looking to provide 'Real Time' information boards on bus service times.

Q. Will any access be given to vehicles on the forecourt – for example, emergency vehicles?

A. Emergency vehicles will be allowed to access the forecourt area and in certain circumstances, controlled access will be provided for public transport and taxi operators, as well as deliveries to the terminal from known suppliers.

Q. Do you plan to make any changes to the existing car parks? Will there be short term/long term options, and will any parking deals be offered?

A. All parking will be in the main car park and we will be implementing a limited free period of time to allow the pick up of arriving passengers. Ports of Jersey is still considering future opportunities for longer stay parking 'deals'.

Q. What about deliveries to retail and catering outlets? How will they access the delivery area if the forecourt restrictions are in place?

A. There will be no change to the deliveries to the terminal and this is being discussed with business partners and their supply chains.

Q. What are your long-term plans for the newly created 'forecourt' area in front of the terminal building? 

A. The intention is to develop an open pedestrian plaza in front of the terminal building, with potential pop-up outlets, seating and public art. We would welcome the public's input into this aspect that will allow for a greater community use of the space that will be created. 

Q. What will happen to the glass pyramid sculpture? Will that be removed/relocated? 

A. The intention is to incorporate the existing glass pyramid sculpture in the reconfigured forecourt area.

Q. In your current proposals, you plan to demolish Alares House and the Jersey Hangar. Why?

A. Alares House is located where we need to provide a route for the 'Arrivals' pick-up zone to allow us to remove vehicles away from the front of the terminal building. The building now only accommodates Ports of Jersey staff who will be relocated to other buildings on our estate as we rationalise our office space usage. 

The Jersey Hangar is a life expired structure that is beyond economic sense to maintain and repair.  The few remaining tenants within this building are in accommodation that is not fit for purpose and Ports of Jersey is investing in new accommodation for these tenants elsewhere on the airport site.

Q. Why are you considering installing another roundabout? 

A. The option of an additional roundabout will allow for easier traffic flow at the site 

Q. What about the existing staff car parking arrangements? Will these be compromised due to the proposed redevelopment?

A. There is no anticipated effect on staff parking facilities.