New Options For Heathrow Airport Parking

Value Individual Parking, a personal parking specialist at Heathrow Airport in the UK, has announced the launch of new website for its customers.

The new website is offering a range of services, including a link to the company’s affiliate at Gatwick airport, as well as information on security and the quality of the service offered.

Customers will be able to book a Meet and Greet Parking Heathrow service, where the company take responsibility for parking the car, provide guidance to the check-in counters, and will be available at the airport arrival terminal with the car when the customer returns.

The new website also details the Chauffeur Park service, where customers travel to the Heathrow Crowne Plaza Hotel and are driven to the airport terminal by a chauffeur, who then takes the car to the car park after dropping them off. The customers may also opt to make a reservation at the Heathrow Crowne Plaza Hotel before or after their flight, as a component of the new service.

Heathrow Airport also offers its own car park, where visitors can purchase a range of parking options, for both long and short stays. There are around five operators that manage various car park areas close to Heathrow.

Recent research by, a UK airport car parking price comparison web site, reported that passengers could save time and money by opting for Meet and Greet parking. At Heathrow airport, this can cost less than pre booking parking in the airport long stay car park, and normal car park bookings.

Pricing expert Lynn Bradshaw, said, ‘For those looking for a quick transfer to and from the airport terminals and wanting eight days parking at Heathrow the traditional choice is the on airport long stay car park.

But meet and greet parking offers the convenience of short stay parking -no transfer, unlike long stay parking – but at a fraction of the cost. And by booking with a specialist savings of up to 41 percent can be made next month. It is also £6.00 cheaper than pre booking the on airport long stay car park, whist saving 10 minutes or more each way transfer time between the terminal and the car park.’

Chiltern Rail Announce New Car Park at Banbury

Chiltern Railways, a UK-based train company operating on the London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill route, will be developing a new multi-storey car park at Banbury, UK.

The new car park to be constructed to serve Banbury station, will be providing around 707 additional parking spaces, and will be operated by Chiltern Railways. The new car park is to open in November 2013, to cater not only for current rail passengers from the area, but also for an expected increase in passenger traffic over the next few years.

Graham Cross, the business development director at Chiltern Railways, said, ‘As the station grows in popularity, we are committed to providing our customers with the best travel experience and finding a long-term car park solution is a key part of this. The car park, which will be built at the east side of the station and accessible by a link bridge, will not only mean more space for passengers but also encourage more people to travel by train.’

The car park expansion has been funded with GBP10m from Network Rail, the UK Department for Transport and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). To date this year, Chiltern Railways passenger traffic from Banbury has increased by 14 percent, compared to the same period last year.

Robin Gisby, the managing director of network operations at Network Rail, the rail operating brand for the UK, 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 GBP100m towards projects which will improve passengers’ experience of travelling by rail and help us deliver a better value for money railway.’


Airports Charge Less for Parking Small Planes than Cars

Airports are charging cheaper rates for parking a small aeroplane than for parking a car, says a recent study.

The study, conducted on the UK’s 10 airports, shows that while parking a car for a day can work out to be expensive, it is cheaper to park a small aircraft for the same amount of time.

While London Heathrow Airport is the most expensive for parking a car, with a charge of GBP51.80 for 24 hours parking in the short-stay car park, an equivalent stay in the long-stay car park will cost GBP17.90 with advance booking. Manchester Airport charges GBP35 for a 24-hours parking at its short-stay car park, but it only charges GBP21 for the same period for parking a six-seat light aircraft.

John Lennon Airport in Liverpool charges GBP10.72 for parking a light aircraft, against GBP39.99 for a car park slot for the same time period. At Birmingham, it is GBP22.50 for a car and GBP10.80 for a plane, and at Bristol Airport it is GBP25 for a car and GBP17 for a plane.

Edinburgh Airport charges GBP23.50 to park a car for 24 hours, while the cost for parking a plane is GBP11.90 for the same amount of time. Glasgow Airport charges GBP21 for a car parking for 24 hours, while the cost for parking a plane is GBP11.52 for the same time period.

The only airport to buck the trend was Luton, where it is GBP36 to park a car and GBP38.88 to park a plane.

Russell Craig, the head of communications, at Manchester Airport, said, ‘Years ago airports made all their money from the planes. Now at Manchester, aviation income makes up less than half of our revenues. To be able to keep investing, you’ve got to find new revenue streams and some of that is car parking. But pre-booking is the way to save money. The turn-up prices are what they are.’