Uber's creating car parks for waiting drivers at Gatwick and City airports

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Uber's searching for dedicated spaces near airports for waiting drivers (Source: Getty)

Uber is setting up dedicated car parking areas for its drivers close to Gatwick and City airports in London, steering away from rows with locals.

It's understood the ride-sharing startup will most likely lease space near the airports to offer drivers a location to wait for pick ups.

Uber drivers and other minicab drivers at Heathrow were last year provided with a waiting area with space for up to 800 cars in order to reduce congestion in surrounding areas.

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Drivers waiting for pick ups at Gatwick were given an area in a car park on Horley High Street by the local council late last year, however, local residents have complained about the upkeep.

At City airport, drivers are currently directed to nearby Newland Street but nearby residents have also raised concerns around cars waiting in the area.

BNP Paribas Real Estate has been hired in the hunt for land, according to Estates Gazette which first reported the news.

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