Thursday 17 August 2017

Dublin Airport departures road to close for three months

Alternative set-down from September 28

Departures Road, Dublin Airport
Departures Road, Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport, new road layout
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

The Departures Road at Dublin Airport's Terminal 1 is to close for essential maintenance from September 28th.

The upgrade work, which is weather dependent, is due to be completed by mid-December, and is part of a range of projects to modernise Terminal 1.

The terminal is 43 years old, and a "significant increase" in vehicles has placed it "in urgent need of repair" the airport said in a statement.

“The T1 Departures Road now needs a comprehensive upgrade and this can only be carried out safely by closing the road to all traffic,” said Siobhán O’Donnell, Dublin Airport’s Head of External Communications.

The works will also address ongoing drainage issues, replace the existing road surface and improve the overall arrivals area within Terminal 1, she added.

An alternative set-down area will be provided for customers departing from Terminal 1 at the rear of the T1 multi-storey car park, the Airport says.

Dublin Airport, new road layout
Dublin Airport, new road layout

A dedicated traffic management system will be in operation with signage and traffic marshals in place to assist customers throughout the works.

The upgrades will also include structural repairs to walls and concrete columns, as well as the improvement and replacing of existing movement joints.

Dublin Airport is on course to record its busiest ever year in 2015, with passenger numbers up 13.7pc from January to July alone. If the works go to plan, the Departures Road should re-open in time for the busy Christmas period.

The airport recently invited companies to tender for an estimated €60m upgrade to its runway, along with other infrastructural works, and daa is also re-evaluating plans for the addition of a second, parallel runway.

The airport apologised for any inconvenience that may be caused as a result of the upcoming works.

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