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manuka
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PostPosted: 07:33 - 27 Sep 2010    Post subject: Motorbike parking at Gatwick airport Reply with quote

Dear all,

I am off on my jollies on wednesday night, and I am flying out of Gatwick for the first time (and yes I regretting shunning Manchester airport already!)

Does anyone have any experience of long stay parking (7 days) with their motorbike at the south terminal.

The website for the airport states that motorbike parking is free in 'car park 2' which is helpfully vague, they don't have anchor points, and bikes parked outside the official area will be towed!

I will be arriving at the airport just after midnight and suspect friendly staff to ask directions off will be scarce.

many thanks, kat
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manuka
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PostPosted: 09:50 - 09 Oct 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an update in case this of use to anyone.

Free motorbike parking is available in car park 2 (red) in the short-term stay arae of the south terminal.

The motorbike bays are up on the second and third levels.
You have to collect a ticket on the way in,
and then on the way out BEFORE going to the barrier, go to the customer service portakabin and get the ticket validated and zeroed.

I didn't realise this and ended up at the barrier with the ticket requesting 240 to let me exit. The the staff tried to get me to back the bike away from the barrier to reset it: a tricky business when I was loaded up with holiday luggage and no reverse gear and a sleeping policeman behind me!

This worked out as a cheap alternative to taking the car, and the money I saved paid for my sailing lessons. Bonus.
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PostPosted: 10:22 - 09 Oct 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is bike parking free then?
What happened with the barrier, was that the wrong price and how much did you have to pay in the end?
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manuka
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PostPosted: 11:00 - 09 Oct 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bike parking is free, and I had an email confirming it from the airport manager before I arrived just in case of bother.

There is no sign at the exit to say you have to get your ticket validated before you can put in into the exit barrier, but I know now.
They need to change it to zero payment which they can do once they see you are on a bike, and you just have to fill in a form with the bike registration number. I presume this is so no-one can cheat the system as its a CCTV monitored car-park, but automatic ticket barriers.

So yup: 7 days free bike parking at gatwick airport right next to the departure area.
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PostPosted: 11:02 - 09 Oct 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh, if I had spent 7 days in the short-stay car park with my car it would have cost me 240!
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PostPosted: 14:44 - 09 Oct 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anywhere to lock your bike to? Or are you not allowed to? (never know with airports)
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PostPosted: 14:49 - 09 Oct 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

manuka wrote:
oh, if I had spent 7 days in the short-stay car park with my car it would have cost me 240!


How about if you had stayed in the long stay car park, because lets face it, 7 days isn't a short stay?
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Joe
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PostPosted: 16:29 - 09 Oct 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's info here

http://www.gatwickairport.com/transport/driving-to-gatwick/

There's not motorbike bays per se but spaces in the corners where you can fit a bike.
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PostPosted: 08:35 - 11 Oct 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, a bit late, but you could have left it my house and caught the bus up the road to Gatwick. In fact anyone who does want to do that in the future, (car/motorbike), contact me and I'll decide how nice you've been to me on the forums if I'll help you out. Cool
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