Airport drivers face £100 fines if caught parking on access roads

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MOTORISTS who leave their cars on access roads to a Yorkshire airport will face tough new fines after its operator launched a clampdown on people who avoid paying to park.

Peel Land and Property, which owns the land around Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport and an adjoining business park, said problems with cars left on access roads had left them no choice but to issue £100 tickets.

A spokesman said: “New road restrictions are being put into place on the approach roads to Robin Hood Airport and the adjacent Robin Hood Airport Business Park.

“Drivers are being warned not to stop on these roads or they could face a charge of up to £100.

“High profile signage advising drivers of the consequences of not complying with the highway restrictions have been installed throughout the relevant areas which also have double yellow line markings on the roads.”

The spokesman said that the parked cars were a “security risk” and warned that from next month a specialist CCTV van would patrol the area.

“The system is being implemented due to increasing congestion being caused by parked vehicles which is creating a security risk and safety issues for passengers and motorists,” he said. “Roads to the airport need to be kept clear at all times with the potential for any congestion to create costly delays for emergency vehicles responding to an incident at the airport.

“From October 1, a dedicated vehicle with on-board mobile CCTV and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) software will monitor the roads in the airport and business park area.”

Peel Land and Property owns the land around the airport, after buying it from the Ministry of Defence following the closure of what was then RAF Finningley.

The firm said a specialist company will be providing the service for fining drivers and the spokesman added: “Drivers are asked to use either the dedicated car park or the drop off and pick up area which, unlike many airports, still has a 15 minute free period.”

Doncaster Council yesterday announced a new traffic scheme to help reduce congestion on a busy route which is currently undergoing a £30m project to turn it into a dual carriageway.

The junction with Wilmington Drive and White Rose Way, near the Lakeside shopping village, will be temporarily closed to allow traffic travelling to and from the town centre to pass over what was a roundabout without having to stop. A diversion will be in place.