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Heathrow Pods earn UK gateway top car parking awards

Heathrow’s revolutionary pod transport system has earned the world’s busiest international airport the three top prizes at this year's British Parking Awards.

Heathrow’s revolutionary pod transport system has earned the world’s busiest international airport the three top prizes at this year's British Parking Awards.

The gateway walked away with ‘The Equita Overall Award’ – which recognises the 'Best of the Best' in car park management – plus both the ‘Parking & the Environment Award’ and the ‘Innovation Award’ for its revolutionary Heathrow Pods which transport passengers between Terminal 5 and the nearby Business Car Park.

The British Parking Association (BPA) backed awards were also a personal triumph for Andy Cameron, Heathrow's retail operations manager for car parks, who was awarded ‘’Parking Person of the Year after three and a half years of service at the airport.

The Heathrow Pods were developed by British company Ultra PRT and designed to eliminate more than 50,000 bus journeys on Heathrow's roads each year.

The system consists of 21 battery-powered, driverless, zero emission vehicles capable of carrying more than half a million Heathrow passengers each year along a dedicated 3.8km guide way.

The BPA judges commended the environmentally friendly system which uses 70% less energy than it takes to power a car, and 50% less than a bus, ensuring passengers' journey time to and from the terminal is congestion free.

Heathrow’s very own on-demand system has also been hailed a success by passengers who scored the pods highly in a recent satisfaction survey.

Fraser Brown, Ultra’s managing director at Heathrow, says: “We are committed to making our passengers' experiences within our car parks more efficient and meeting their needs and we are delighted that our latest car parking initiatives have achieved public recognition."  

The awards are designed to reward the best in car park management, design and service in the UK.

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