Heathrow Pod: Pod Parking Station A to Pod Parking Station B by ULTra PRT

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As I clearly didn’t have a car parked at the Heathrow Pod Parking, I headed back in to the station to continue my Heathrow Pod exploration, this time to Pod Parking Station B.

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Touching the screen to start.

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Heading to Pod Parking Station B this time.

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Heading to board the Heathrow Pod.

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Pressing the “close doors” button to close the doors.

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Once done, I started my ride with the start button.

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Taking the balloon loop around Pod Parking Station A.

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Passing by the Heathrow Pod Depot.

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Passing by Heathrow Airport.

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Entering the Pod Parking junction again.

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Turning right to Pod Parking Station B.

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Heading down to Pod Parking Station B.

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Taking the balloon loop to enter the station.

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Approaching Pod Parking Station B.

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Taking an empty berth.

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Disembarking from the Heathrow Pod. Access is step-free with a minimal platform gap.

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The short journey from Pod Parking Station A to Pod Parking Station B took 2 minutes due to the many curves and points the pod had to negotiate.

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The distance from Pod Parking Station A to Pod Parking Station B on foot, all 173 meters of it, might also have taken 2 minutes.

So here’s an example of when the PRT system might not work out if stations are too close to each other and fares are collected – people may not ride this short route. However, if the intention is to link these nearby station with a further station such as Terminal 5 (or in Singapore’s context, perhaps an MRT station), and not between each other, it would make sense to have that convenience of small close-by stations.

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