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Kingshat

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The large orange and white mast that has appeared in the south east corner of the airport site this week is to carry the surface movement radar (SMR). Bristol is the largest airport in the UK not to currently have this technology, which is ironic as it is designed to assist controllers manage surface traffic in periods of poor visibility. The system will be tested through the summer and is due to go live in October or early November - hopefully in time for the season of mellow fruitfulness.
 

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easyJet warns of baggage belt failures at Bristol Airport


Reports of baggage belt failure at BRS this morning causing issues with passengers checking in baggage.
 

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From last weekend non scheduled coaches that drop off and pick up passengers will not be allowed in the forecourt of the main building. They will have to park by the multi storey car park and pay to use the dedicated parking stand, about £25 per hour. This will mean that coaches hired to pick up groups will be scratching around looking for free parking around the airport streets in case incoming flights are delayed. As usual airport looking for profit where they can. Most coaches caught in this predicament will park n the A38 or nearby villages. I thought the airport was looking to appease local residents.

Public transport scheduled buses, silver zone buses and buses catering to cancelled flights are not affected.
 
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From last weekend non scheduled coaches that drop off and pick up passengers will not be allowed in the forecourt of the main building. They will have to park by the multi storey car park and pay to use the dedicated parking stand, about £25 per hour. This will mean that coaches hired to pick up groups will be scratching around looking for free parking around the airport streets in case incoming flights are delayed. As usual airport looking for profit where they can. Most coaches caught in this predicament will park n the A38 or nearby villages. I thought the airport was looking to appease local residents.

Public transport scheduled buses, silver zone buses and buses catering to cancelled flights are not affected.
Although the forecourt outside the main terminal building is quite large (running the length of the terminal when first built before the extensions) it can quickly fill up with authorised buses. Including the car park buses, some of which are 'bendy buses' and therefore quite long, I've seen a dozen or more on the forecourt at times - that doesn't include the 'guest' coaches that you mention. It's not a rare occurrence for buses to double-park to pick up passengers. I use the small A5 'village bus' quite often (I'm sometimes the only passenger) and more than once I've had to step off the pavement between parked buses to flag down the A5.

How many '£25 a go' coach parking stands are there by the mscp? You mention one. If there is only one will it be enough? Sometimes there is more than one 'guest' coach parked in front of the terminal. It's already not unusual to see coaches parked in laybys along the A38 awaiting the arrival of 'their' aircraft.

You make a valid point about it being a particularly poor time to potentially increase the street-parking burden on local residents. The only thing I would say is that the traffic commissioners have considerable regulatory power and if coach operators were regularly causing problems by inconsiderate parking on local roads there could be a sanction - probably rather a laborious procedure though.
 

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Coaches and trucks are governed very tight. Parking of the vehicles at home base is big enough,also vehicle maintainence. Those are just part of the process with operating these vehicles.Now if the coaches are parked here there and every where is a problem as they don't need to cause a problem.All it takes is som one to get hold of the traffic commissoners and complain then they will moniter the situation at great depth.They have the power to make decisions and the coach operators wont like it.Then it will put the ball back in the airport to make parking for these coaches,weather the airport likes it or not.It will be good to see how this works out,as the airport would have no say on the matter.
 

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I noticed today that the entrance to the terminal forecourt for authorised vehicles - buses and accredited taxis - has been moved to behind the security hut. Some form of roadworks are taking place on the original road.

Does anyone know if the new way in will be permanent or is it being used whilst the aforementioned roadworks are taking place?
 

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From last weekend non scheduled coaches that drop off and pick up passengers will not be allowed in the forecourt of the main building. They will have to park by the multi storey car park and pay to use the dedicated parking stand, about £25 per hour. This will mean that coaches hired to pick up groups will be scratching around looking for free parking around the airport streets in case incoming flights are delayed. As usual airport looking for profit where they can. Most coaches caught in this predicament will park n the A38 or nearby villages. I thought the airport was looking to appease local residents.

Public transport scheduled buses, silver zone buses and buses catering to cancelled flights are not affected.
The airport changed where the coaches go because it was clogging up the forecourt and vehicles could not move. But having to pay £12.50 to pick up/drop off, then £25 per hour is not unreasonable to ask, specially if it's within a 2 minute walk to the main terminal. God knows how many they pay to get permission to park in the forecourt.
I noticed today that the entrance to the terminal forecourt for authorised vehicles - buses and accredited taxis - has been moved to behind the security hut. Some form of roadworks are taking place on the original road.

Does anyone know if the new way in will be permanent or is it being used whilst the aforementioned roadworks are taking place?
I believe they are doing works, so should return once finished. I'll see what I can find out through the BRS channels.
 

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I notice that yet more works seem to be taking place at BRS along with those that are currently being carried out. In the area immediately next to the drop-off car park and between the relatively new four-storey crew building and the western end of the terminal there appears to be ground work preparation going on with diggers in place. Anyone any ideas what it's for?
 

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The area was formerly home to Gate Gourmet in flight catering whose large preparation and distribution warehouse has been dismantled over the last few months. The area will now be used to expand a redesigned drop off car park with some of the the space being used to increase the size of the terminal freight yard.
 

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The area was formerly home to Gate Gourmet in flight catering whose large preparation and distribution warehouse has been dismantled over the last few months. The area will now be used to expand a redesigned drop off car park with some of the the space being used to increase the size of the terminal freight yard.
Many thanks, Kingshat. Does that mean that air freight might have a more important part to play?
 

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Thank you again.
 

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Latest aircraft stands

I drove past the airport today on top of a double-decker bus (the U2 that gives a splendid view from the top deck of the entire airfield as it passes along the A38) and noticed that the area on which two aircraft stands were constructed last winter on the former staff car park in front of the old terminal building (OTB) seems to have reverted to a car park. There were dozens of cars parked there when I passed by.

I had heard that the OTB was to be demolished this winter to make way for further aircraft stands. Is that now going ahead given that the latest stands currently appear to be redundant?
 

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Latest aircraft stands

I drove past the airport today on top of a double-decker bus (the U2 that gives a splendid view from the top deck of the entire airfield as it passes along the A38) and noticed that the area on which two aircraft stands were constructed last winter on the former staff car park in front of the old terminal building (OTB) seems to have reverted to a car park. There were dozens of cars parked there when I passed by.

I had heard that the OTB was to be demolished this winter to make way for further aircraft stands. Is that now going ahead given that the latest stands currently appear to be redundant?
Looking at the latest NATS - ATIS Aircraft Docking Chart there are now 45 possible stands, so take the 2 new ones off that still leave 43, more than plenty to cope with the current based aircraft.
 

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Looking at the latest NATS - ATIS Aircraft Docking Chart there are now 45 possible stands, so take the 2 new ones off that still leave 43, more than plenty to cope with the current based aircraft.
Thanks for that and to think that until recently it was being said by some that BRS's airline expansion was being hampered by a lack of aircraft stands. I suppose flybmi's disappearance is partly the reason for the current situation, although I'm aware that not every stand can take every type of aircraft that currently operate at BRS.

I wonder if they will delay the demolition of the old terminal building now. I don't know if anything was said at the last consultative committee meeting held on 24 July. The minutes have still not appeared on the airport website.
 

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The demolition of the old terminal building will go ahead as planned this autumn to make way for 2 additional parking stands. The start date is dependent on the completion of 3 other projects: Lulsgate House, the new administration building near the southern roundabout, Northside House, the grey clad building immediately to the north of the OTB, being refurbished for additional administration offices and Aviation House, the new home of the based airlines between the control tower and the terminal.

The airport always sees a surge in parking in September when the demographic of the travellers changes from young families (3 to 5 per car) to young and older couples (2 per car). In recent years they have coped by subsuming part of the southern light aircraft parking area and Taxiway H; however a project earlier this year led to that space being permanently adopted as parking with the taxiway diverted, so the only option was Stands 19 and 20.

A number of the stands that alphagolf counted either block other stands or cannot be utilised at the same time; therefore the available number is actually 34 with two, 38 and 39, suffering from noise restrictions that impact their use overnight. Additionally, up to 5 cul de sacs can be used, most with stands at either end, but only capable of taking one aircraft at a time. Even without FlyBMI, aircraft parking remains ‘tight’ during the summer months and it only takes one or two extra airframes to create congestion.
 

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The demolition of the old terminal building will go ahead as planned this autumn to make way for 2 additional parking stands. The start date is dependent on the completion of 3 other projects: Lulsgate House, the new administration building near the southern roundabout, Northside House, the grey clad building immediately to the north of the OTB, being refurbished for additional administration offices and Aviation House, the new home of the based airlines between the control tower and the terminal.

The airport always sees a surge in parking in September when the demographic of the travellers changes from young families (3 to 5 per car) to young and older couples (2 per car). In recent years they have coped by subsuming part of the southern light aircraft parking area and Taxiway H; however a project earlier this year led to that space being permanently adopted as parking with the taxiway diverted, so the only option was Stands 19 and 20.

A number of the stands that alphagolf counted either block other stands or cannot be utilised at the same time; therefore the available number is actually 34 with two, 38 and 39, suffering from noise restrictions that impact their use overnight. Additionally, up to 5 cul de sacs can be used, most with stands at either end, but only capable of taking one aircraft at a time. Even without FlyBMI, aircraft parking remains ‘tight’ during the summer months and it only takes one or two extra airframes to create congestion.
Many thanks for that detailed explanation, Kingshat. Most interesting and illuminating. I'm very grateful as I'm sure are the other BRS followers.
 

kraktoa

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Airport admin staff will be moving to the new admin bldg named Lulsgate House situated at the entrance to the Silverzone from Oct 4th.

Once that move is completed, the old terminal building will be demolished. Get your final pics guys.
 
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