More air­port work

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Louise Alling­ham

Kar­ratha Air­port is set for another ma­jor up­grade as the City of Kar­ratha fi­nalises de­signs for the car park and ter­mi­nal fore­court ex­pan­sions.

The up­grades will be­gin later in the year and will in­volve a “kiss and ride” drop-off lane.

The project will also in­volve the amend­ment of park­ing en­try and exit routes, the ex­pan­sion of the short-term park­ing area, land­scap­ing, shade struc­tures, seat­ing and the re­lo­ca­tion of the waste and load­ing area.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the in­clu­sion of the drop-off lane was a re­sponse to com­mu­nity sen­ti­ment.

“Af­ter re­view­ing cur­rent de­signs and speak­ing with com­mu­nity mem­bers, coun­cil has opted to amend the de­sign of the Kar­ratha Air­port carpark and the ter­mi­nal fore­court up­grade to in­clude a kiss-and-ride zone,” he said.

The front-of-ter­mi­nal lane was closed dur­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment and since then al­most 90 per cent of traf­fic go­ing through short­term park­ing ac­cesses the area to pick up and drop off.

The ad­di­tion of the drop-off lane aims to re­duce con­ges­tion in the short-term park­ing area and make traf­fic flow more ef­fi­cient.

The City hopes the park­ing and fore­court im­prove­ments will bring the ter­mi­nal ex­te­rior in line with the in­te­rior up­grades that were com­pleted in Septem­ber last year.

“The project has been di­vided into four stages and the new kiss-and-ride zone will be es­tab­lished within the ex­ist­ing short-term car park once the ter­mi­nal fore­court en­hance­ments are com­plete, in what is likely to be the sec­ond stage of the project,” Mr Long said.

“These im­prove­ments will work to­gether to pro­vide an en­hanced over­all ex­pe­ri­ence for air­port users by eas­ing con­ges­tion, sim­pli­fy­ing ac­cess and in­creas­ing park­ing ca­pac­ity.”

Works are to be com­pleted by early next year and ten­ders will open in the new fi­nan­cial year.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Kar­ratha air­port is set for another ren­o­va­tion.

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