| Having just left the M11 motorway, we hit stationary traffic (at 07.00). I thought there must have been a crash as it was very slow moving and was starting to think we were going to miss our 09.20 departure. It turned out that the queue of traffic was for the "express" drop-off and pick up, which was blocking the single lane road on the airport approach. People were getting out of cars and running along the side with their cases it was so slow. It seems that the bright spark that came up with the idea of the £3.50 charge for drop off and pick up didn't really think through the knock on effect that would have on the surrounding roads approaching the airport. When we finally reached the blue short stay car park, the barrier (which according to my confirmation would recognise my number plate and lift) refused to budge. After pressing the communication button, a ticket was produced that I had to keep to exit on return. When we finally got to the terminal there was a queue to scan our boarding pass, as the barriers were blocked with people queueing for security. The queue was absolutely horrific and I genuinely thought we were going to miss our flight (it was now 08.15). We finally got through security, ran for the monorail and when we arrived at our gate, they were boarding our flight. Never have I come so close to missing a flight as this. To finish me off, on the return, the M11 was closed from Stansted to Harlow and a 1 hour detour was in place. In future I will be booking my flights from City or Gatwick as this experience has really put me off Stansted and I'm not alone in this thinking as I have spoken to (and read online) people with similar stories saying the same. The airport is a shambles in its ill thought out design, drop off policy, ecurity checks and horrendous queues at every turn.