£20m improvements plan
Airport to improve access and move taxi rank to end conflicts
The new taxi rank
Edinburgh Airport has announced further details of a £20 million programme to ease congestion and resolve conflicts between taxi and private hire firms.
The plan will eventually see a new road from Gogar to improve the flow of traffic on Eastfield Road while a relocated drop-off point will seek to end the touting for business that goes on.
A new East Terminus will open next May which will house the licensed taxi operation (black cabs and private hire vehicles) for both pick-up and drop-off, making it easier for passengers to get a taxi.
The current rank will move from the ground floor of the multi-storey car park and to the east side of the airport, adjacent to the tram stop. Taxis will be able to access the facility by using the road over the old runway, reducing congestion on Eastfield Road at peak times.
The terminus will include covered walkways, waiting areas, a bridge and a self-service kiosk for booking private hire vehicles.
The second phase of the project will deliver the new access road to further ease congestion on Eastfield Road and will see the entire drop-off facility move to the new facilities.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “Making it easier for people to get to and from the airport is important to us.
“By investing in our infrastructure, we’ll be able to deliver better access for public transport and increase those travel options for passengers, directly improving their journey.”