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  • erica123 1 post

    Hi, any advise , I am flying out from T5 but I won’t go in lifts or trains as I’m claustrophobic, please can anyone tell me if the tunnels that you can use to walk to all the different gates get crowded or are the always flowing ? Thank you

    Rob
    HfP Staff
    2,207 posts

    If you are on a short haul flight then you won’t be in a tunnel – 90% of those depart from the main building.

    Most long haul flights go from 5B or 5C which are connected by train, which is generally crowded. However, you access the trains via an escalator so it avoids the lift.

    If you want to avoid the train, you need to take the lift – one floor below the trains – where there is a semi-secret pedestrian tunnel which is always totally deserted. If you see another person as you do the walk across to 5B or 5C you’re doing well.

    Gagravarr 62 posts

    There’s a really good guide for the walkways over on FlyerTalk – https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1578945-lhr-terminal-5-passageways-pictorial-guide-departing-passengers.html

    You don’t even have to take the lift to get to the walkways, you can take the escalators down to the train then carry on through to a staircase on down, details on FT

    TGLoyalty 528 posts

    Daft question / observation but won’t go on a train as claustrophobic but willing to fly in a plane?

    I’d also add the tunnels aren’t spacious and often deserted but you can see the pics on the FT post.

    NorthernLass 7,573 posts

    I always think planes must be a nightmare if you’re claustrophobic, especially the loos! Unless you’re upstairs on the A380, of course.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,100 posts

    The lifts at T2 are just the pits. For anyone, not just those with a phobia. Getting a car service from London’s major airport requires one to jostle for the lifts with all others who have just arrived and are headed to car parks, trains and Tube. It’s just bonkers planning. Whenever I have a driver pickup, they shamelessly squeeze themselves through such that we might get in the second or third lift that comes. But some people must get stuck there for an age. Then the lifts are so full that someone in the lift inevitsbly misses getting off on their floor.

    Andrew. 481 posts

    If you want to avoid the train, you need to take the lift – one floor below the trains – where there is a semi-secret pedestrian tunnel which is always totally deserted. If you see another person as you do the walk across to 5B or 5C you’re doing well.

    That used to be the case, but I find that far more people are using them nowadays. Definitely not busy though!

    I’ve seen runners use them, and a former colleague claims to have done a half marathon whilst waiting for a delayed flight – I think that’s about 30 lengths.

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