Growing popularity of meet and greet parking

The inclination for travellers to avoid lengthy transfer times from airport car parks to terminals has lead to an increase in popularity for the ‘meet and greet’ services that are currently on offer from several of the airport parking operators.

The ‘meet and greet’ service, which involves a member of the parking company’s staff meeting the traveller directly outside their departure terminal and taking responsibility for parking their car, and a reversal of the service for the travellers return journey, has taken a 9.6 percent greater slice of the airport parking market in the last 12 months, according to data supplied by Looking4parking.com, an airport parking price comparison site.

The company compared figures taken between May and July this year with the same period last year, when analysing the three biggest parking industry segments: on-site parking at airports, off-airport park and ride, and meet and greet. Meet and greet grew from 49.17 percent to 58.72 percent year-on-year, gaining from park and ride, which was down 5.2 percent, from 36.08 percent to 30.92 percent, and on site parking that was down by 4.4 percent, from 14.75 percent to 10.37 percent.

Martin Mansell, managing director of meet and greet parking company, StressFreeAirportParking.com, said, ‘We are experiencing rapid, year-on-year growth, in the last 12 months alone we have increased direct and travel agent sales by 54 percent in total, and that upward curve shows no signs of faltering. ‘We believe the trend is being fuelled by word-of-mouth and the nub of that referral conversation is price. The cost of meet and greet parking has fallen significantly in the last five years and now, in many cases, it is no more expensive than standard airport car parking.’

British Government Announces Funding For Railway Station Parking Spaces

Railway passengers in England will be benefiting from £15m worth of financing announced by the government, to remodel the car parking facilities at rail stations across the country.

The funding, provided by Network Rail, the Department for Transport and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), is available for multiple car park projects, including single and multi-decked car parking extensions at four stations where there exists a huge demand for car parking over and above their existing facilities.

The rail minister, Norman Baker, said, ‘This is good news for commuters, and good news for the railway. Adding capacity to heavily used station car parks makes it more likely people will park the car and take the train rather than try to drive the whole way. This initiative fits in well with the work we are doing to make the door to door journey smoother and lower in carbon.’

Robin Gisby, managing director for network operations at Network Rail, a UK-based company that owns and operates most of the rail infrastructure in Great Britain, said, ‘This is a great example of the rail industry working together to improve the passenger experience without increasing the burden on the taxpayer. We have now allocated almost £100m towards projects, which will improve passengers’ experience of travelling by rail and help us deliver a better value for money railway.’

Alec McTavish, the director of policy and planning at the Association of Train Operating Companies, said, ‘The whole industry is committed to working together more effectively to deliver a better railway for passengers and a more efficient railway for taxpayers.’