New 12-sided £1 brings fears of chaos for air travellers: All you need to know here

With a new 12-sided £1 coin entering circulation in March 2017, it’s feared travellers could be left without access to baggage trolleys as providers struggle to update charging systems in time for the big change.

Here’s all you need to know about the new 12-sided £1 coin and why its introduction could cause problems for travellers.

What’s happening: The Royal Mint is introducing a new 12-sided £1 coin from March 2017. The new coin is a response to the current £1 proving an easy target for counterfeiters. Recent government statistics estimate there are around 50 million fake £1 coins in circulation.

So the new coin will be harder to copy: Yes. It’ll be a mix of metals, have milled edges, incorporate a hologram-like image and include a ‘hidden’ security feature that the Royal Mint isn’t telling us about.

David Gauke, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said:”The new £1 coin will be the most secure of its kind in the world and its cutting-edge features will present a significant barrier to counterfeiters, reducing the cost to businesses and the taxpayer.

What’s the problem: While counterfeiters will need to find other ways to pay the bills, the problem is that all coin machines that accept £1 coins will need to be modified to take the new 12-sided version.

Is that all: Sadly not. Along with the new coin, there will be a period of six months while the old coin remains legal tender. This means service providers will need to work out a way of accepting both coins.

Why could this hit air travellers: The humble baggage trolley, that’s how. With many airports charging to use the trolleys, there’s no guarantee that all payment systems will be updated in time. For many travellers, this could cause huge problems as they scramble to get the correct change.

What’s the solution: The Royal Mint has published a new website to help retailers and service providers get ready for the change. We’ll update this page as we get more information on airports and whether they’ll be ready in time.


Countdown to spend your round pounds: How long until the current £1 ceases to be legal tender

Once our timer hits zero, your round pound coins will become non-money, as shops will cease to accept them. For a limited period after October 15, banks and post offices will allow customers to deposit ’round’ £1 coins into their bank account, but using them directly for retail purposes will not be an option.


Why the new coin is harder to copy

12-sided – This makes it harder forge for counterfeiters, but also easier to feel for those with visual impairment.

Bimetallic – The outer ring is gold coloured while the inner ring is silver coloured.

Latent image – A ‘hologram’-like image is included, where a ‘£’ symbol changes to the number ‘1’ when the coin is viewed from different angles.

Micro-lettering – Tiny lettering makes the coin difficult to copy

Milled edges – The coin has grooves on alternate sides.

Hidden high security feature – There is a hidden and ‘secret’ security feature in the coin.

The APH baggage trolley price details…

See if your airport charges for luggage trolleys…

These are the details you’ll need to know…

Aberdeen Airport

Details: All baggage trolleys are fitted with a coin lock mechanism to ensure they are returned to designated collection bays.
Where: Trolleys are available in areas such as the drop-off zone, baggage reclaim and car parks.
How much: £1 or €1 coin or trolley token.
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No
Is fee refunded: Yes. Your coin will be refunded when trolley is plugged in at the bay
Need change: Download a map to find the nearest shop or ATM in the terminal here 

Birmingham Airport

Details: Birmingham Airport offers ‘high-quality modern trolleys’ at various points around the airport. Here are the details you’ll need.
Where: Luggage trolleys can be found at the following locations…
Drop & Go car park – there are two vending points
Car Park 1 – one vending point
Car Park 3 – one vending point
Car Park 5 adjacent to courtesy bus stop – one vending point
At public transport bus stops – one vending point
Arrivals baggage halls – multiple vending points
How much: £1 or €2 coin.
Are credit/debit cards accepted: Yes, but there will be a 40p admin charge.
Is fee refunded: No.
Need change: Download a map to find the nearest shop or ATM in the terminal here 

Bournemouth Airport

Details: Find out what coinage is required for your flight from this airport on the sunny south coast. 
Where: Both departures and arrivals.
How much: £1 coin
Card payment: No
Is fee refunded: Yes
Need change: Find out where the facilities are by clicking here.

Bristol Airport

Details: Passengers at Bristol Airport can benefit from ‘high-quality modern trolleys’ in the airport terminal. Here’s the information you need.
Where: Luggage trolleys can be found at the following locations in the airport:
Two vending machines at drop off & pick up car park,
Five vending machines at International arrivals hall,
One vending machine at Domestic arrivals hall,
One vending machine by Departure doors,
One vending machine near to the Car hire building.
How much: £2 or €2 coin. Use an old €2 coin to save around 50p
Are credit/debit cards accepted: Yes. No admin charges applied.
Is fee refunded: No.
Need change: Download a map to find the nearest shop or ATM in the terminal here 

Cardiff Airport

Details: All baggage trolleys are free to use – but do require a deposit to be paid. Here are the details you’ll need to keep your bags rolling.
Where: Trolleys are available at salient locations throughout Cardiff Airport.
How much: £1 or €1 coin.
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: Yes. Your coin will be recovered when trolley is returned
Need change: Find the nearest shop or ATM in the terminal here 

Doncaster Airport

Details: Trolleys are available throughout the airport. You will need to carry change, though. Here are the details for departure day.
Where: Trolleys are to be found situated around the car park and within the terminal in designated bays.
How much: £1, €1 or trolley token.
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: Yes.
Need change: Find information on shops and ATMs here 

Durham Tees Airport

Details: Luggage trolleys are available to passengers using this airport.
Where: Trolleys can be found at the terminal front and in arrivals hall.
How much: £1 or trolley token
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: Yes – when trolley is returned.
Need change: Find information on shops and ATMs here

East Midlands Airport

Details: Luggage trolleys are available to passengers using this airport.
Where: Trolleys can be found in both arrivals and departures.
How much: £1 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: Yes.
Need change: Find information on shops and ATMs here

Edinburgh Airport

Details: Luggage trolleys are available to passengers using Edinburgh airport.
Where: Free luggage trolleys are available throughout the airport for both arriving and departing passengers. Find them in the reclaim hall and other key areas around the airport
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Exeter Airport

Details: Luggage trolleys are available to passengers using Exeter Airport. Here are the details you’ll need.
Where: Free luggage trolleys are available throughout the airport for both arriving and departing passengers. Find them in the drop-off area, reclaim hall and other key areas around the airport
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: Not a problem at Exeter Airport. Well done!

Gatwick Airport: South Terminal

Details: Grab your trolley but you’ll need to carry a coin!
Where: Luggage trolleys can be picked up from drop-off, baggage reclaim and all other relevant areas of your journey through the South Terminal.
How much: £1, €1 or trolley token
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: Yes, when trolley is returned.
Need change: There are change machines throughout the terminal – including one by the APH drop off bus stop. Download a map of the South Terminal here 

Gatwick Airport: North Terminal

Details: Grab your trolley but you’ll need to carry a coin!
Where: Luggage trolleys can be picked up from drop-off, baggage reclaim and all other relevant areas of your journey through the North Terminal.
How much: £1, €1 or trolley token
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: Yes, when trolley is returned.
Need change: There are change machines throughout the terminal. Download a North Terminal map here 

Glasgow Airport all terminals

Details: Luggage trolleys are available
Where: Find luggage trolleys available from designated areas of the car park and terminals..
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Heathrow Airport all terminals

Details: The following information applies to passengers using Terminal 2,3,4 and 5
Where: Baggage trolleys are provided in key areas around the terminal buildings. Arriving passengers will find plenty of trolleys in baggage reclaim, and these can be taken to the car park, bus station or rail station access points.Trolleys are also provided on the departures concourse. Please note that they can’t be taken through security control.
How much: £Free with no coin or token required
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Leeds Bradford Airport

Details: Make sure you grab some change before heading to Leeds Bradford Airport.
Where: Trolleys can be found in designated area accessible to arriving and departing passengers.
How much: £1 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: No
Need change: Download this terminal map to find ATMs and locations to get change.

Liverpool Airport

Details: Make.
Where: Trolleys can
How much: £1 or €1 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: Yes
Need change: Find ATMs and shops to obtain change by downloading this terminal map

Luton Airport

Details: Make sure you bring some change to Luton Airport
Where: These can be found at trolley stations throughout the terminal.
How much: £2 or €2 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: Yes.
Is fee refunded: No
Need change: Find ATMs and shops to obtain change at Luton Airport by downloading this terminal map. 

Manchester Airport: All terminals

Details: Manchester Airport acknowledges charging for trolleys isn’t popular, but cites falling air fares and investment costs as the reason behind them.
Where: Trolleys can be found throughout the airport for both arrivals and departures.
How much: £1 coin or €2 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: No
Need change: Need to find some change? Check out the terminal maps for shops and ATMs.
Terminal 1 map
Terminal 2 map
Terminal 3 map 

Newcastle Airport

Details: There’s good news for news for heavily laden travellers flying from Newcastle…
Where: Find trolleys at various locations both inside and outside the terminal building.
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Prestwick Airport

Details: Here are the details you need for luggage trolleys at Prestwick Airport.
Where: Throughout the airport and car parks
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Southampton Airport

Details: Here are the details you need to load your bags
Where: Trolleys are available throughout the car parks, within pick up and drop off areas, and various bays on the terminal forecourt
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Southend Airport

Details: Here are the details you need for luggage trolleys at Southend Airport.
How much: £1 or €1 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/o
Is fee refunded: Yes
Need change: Find your way around the Southend Airport terminal here.

Stansted Airport

Details: Stansted Airport will charge for luggage trolleys. Here are the details…
Where: Arrivals and departures
How much:  £1, €1 or $0.25 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No
Is fee refunded: Yes on return of trolley.
Need change: Find change machines in the international and domestic baggage reclaim halls, on the terminal forecourt and in the coach station.

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