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Motorists facing delays over airport terminal revamp

A FACELIFT for Dublin Airport's Terminal 1 is going to cost motorists dearly in both time and money.

The refurbishment will add 20 minutes to the time it currently takes car users to get to the terminal and they will also incur increased costs.

The existing short-term parking blocks will close on a rolling basis over the next six months and drivers will have to take the bus from the new car park to the terminal building.

Block A, which has about 400 parking spaces, will close during July and August with blocks B and C closing after that.

As works get under way, motorists will have to use the Express Red Car Park which is located between the Old Swords road and the M1 motorway.

Buses will operate from this park to the terminal building every 15 minutes and the journey will take five minutes, so passengers have been asked to take this into account when arriving at the airport.

The airport authority says the refurbishment will include a brighter finish for Terminal 1 in keeping with that of Terminal 2, with brighter lighting, smarter entry and exit points, new direction signs and better differentiation between floors.

It adds that the changes are designed to make parting at Terminal 1 "an easier and more pleasant experience".

The airport authority has also warned that it may have to increase car-parking fees for short-term parking, particularly where the car is left for more than a week. While the authority will not reveal its income from parking charges the figure is estimated to be in the region of €100m a year.