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Heathrow Airport suspends POD transfers to the long-term car parks

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The futuristic driverless POD monorail at Heathrow was, by far, the easiest way to travel between the long-term car park and Terminal 5. My son has been badgering me for years to let him ride it, even though we never drive to the airport – he wanted to arrive early and do a return trip just for the sake of it.

A message has appeared on the Heathrow website to say that:

“POD parking will be operating a bus service from 22nd November for the foreseeable future”

This sounds ominous, but is presumably due to reduced use of the long-term car parks at the moment. The bus service will operate from 4.30am to 11pm with an ‘on demand’ service available outside of these hours, which must be requested by telephone.

The removal of the POD service removes the only possible reason to stay at the terribly dated Thistle Heathrow hotel.

As we reviewed here, the sole benefit of staying at the Thistle was that – for a £6 fee – you could take the 30 second walk from the hotel to the long-term car park and be deposited in Terminal 5 in style by a POD.

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