Heathrow Pods Go Live

FOLLOWING A successful one-year trial, London/Heathrow has introduced 21 ULTra automatic transport pods at Terminal 5.  The computer-driven electric vehicles can carry four passengers and their luggage at speeds of up to 25mph (40km/h) along a dedicated 2.4-mile (3.8km) track which runs between the airport and the business car park.  The £30 million (US$41.4m) project is expected to carry up to 500,000 passengers per year and replace 50,000 shuttle bus journeys.  (Simon Murdoch)