Kiss and ride for air­port

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

It was way back in 2009 when the coun­cil em­barked on a project to de­liver a greatly ex­panded carpark in front of the Kar­ratha air­port ter­mi­nal build­ing.

Now, seven years later we have such a high-qual­ity air­port that we have won the Aus­tralian Airports As­so­ci­a­tion In­no­va­tion and Ex­cel­lence Award for In­fra­struc­ture Development for our Ter­mi­nal Up­grade.

This is a pres­ti­gious award given by the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion in which we were com­pet­ing against very good qual­ity air­port in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try.

We are very proud to have achieved this.

The coun­cil has now de­cided to beau­tify and im­prove the en­trance by widen­ing and land­scap­ing the front of the ter­mi­nal area, pro­vid­ing shade struc­tures and planter boxes to make the en­trance more wel­com­ing and at­trac­tive.

In ad­di­tion, we will re­lo­cate the ter­mi­nal ac­cess road to take traf­fic fur­ther away from the build­ing and we are go­ing to re-work the short-term and long-term park­ing ex­its.

We will also re­in­state the “kiss and ride” where peo­ple can pull over to drop off pas­sen­gers with­out hav­ing to park and in­crease the size of the short-term park­ing area.

This work will cost about $2.5 mil­lion, paid for by the air­port it­self, and we ex­pect it will com­mence in the se­cond quar­ter of 2017.

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