Bristol Airport to give Uber drivers their own waiting area

Uber commits to using new airport waiting zone

In a bid to deter Uber drivers from parking and waiting in local villages and lay-bys, Bristol Airport are creating a new waiting zone.

It is expected that this new waiting zone will reduce the impact that the tech giant's drivers are having on areas which are close to the airport. 

Uber will be "geo-fencing" the new area, which is located just off the A38 roundabout, which serves the Airport's Silver Zone car park.

This will mean that drivers can only be dispatched to the terminal to pick up passengers if they are in the waiting zone. The waiting zone will open next month and comes in response to calls for action from neighbouring communities concerned about the impact of inconsiderate parking by private hire drivers who have obstructed access to properties and caused disturbances. The waiting zone will also be open to private cars, providing an hour’s free waiting period as an alternative to the existing Drop and Go area adjacent to the terminal. A shuttle bus will operate between the terminal and the waiting zone every ten minutes. The Airport’s official taxi partner, Arrow Cars, will continue to drop off and pick up directly outside the terminal. Tom Hack, Head of Commercial at Bristol Airport, said: "We are delighted that drivers who use the Uber app will be using this new facility. “It will help to reduce disturbance to our neighbours while providing drivers with a safe and secure place to wait between fares.” Eugenie Teasley, Uber Head of Cities, South England said: "We are really excited to be working with Bristol Airport. It is our goal to move people from A to B, all at the touch of a button, and by working with Bristol Airport, we hope to make it easier for people to get to and from the airport." Background Image Source: Geograph 

Background Image Author: Derek Harper Image Logo: Bristol Airport

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