Bristol Airport in the UK has announced plans to open an on-site waiting area for taxis and a free-of-charge drop off facility for private vehicles.

The latest move comes after local residents raised concerns about the volume of cars waiting in nearby roads, lanes, and laybys to avoid parking fees.

Residents around the site of Bristol Airport reported increased problems with inconsiderate parking by taxis and other vehicles, saying that they are causing disturbance and obstructing access to properties.

Bristol Airport has included its commitment to open an authorised waiting area for taxis, combined with a free-of-charge drop off facility for all vehicles in its Section 106 Agreement proposals.

“Work is now underway to find the right location for the proposed facility and set appropriate time limits in consultation with private hire operators.”

The agreement will accompany permission for growth beyond the current cap of ten million passengers annually.

Bristol Airport planning and sustainability director Simon Earles said: “We have listened to feedback from our neighbours and this commitment to introduce an on-site waiting area for taxis and a free drop-off facility for private vehicles shows we are taking the issues they have raised seriously.

“By accommodating waiting taxis on site and providing a free alternative for private vehicles dropping off passengers, we aim to reduce the impact of growth on local villages.

“Work is now underway to find the right location for the proposed facility and set appropriate time limits in consultation with private hire operators.”

North Somerset Council is currently consulting a planning application for facilities to increase the capacity of the airport to 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s. The consultation will close on 26 January.