The T5 Pods are back :)

Old Sep 21, 22, 4:26 am
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Old Sep 21, 22, 4:34 am
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Originally Posted by chriswiles View Post
T5 pods are not back. Down for maintenance again yesterday.
Wow talk about timing. I used the pods yesterday morning at 07am, they seemed to be working fine. A couple more reports and we'll have near-realtime POD reporting. Also thanks to the heroes that continue leaving the Thistle gate open
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Old Sep 21, 22, 4:45 am
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Originally Posted by chriswiles View Post
It was open when I flew out on Friday, but definitely noticed it was more juddery and a bit slower. The thing is though, you have to go all the way to second floor to find it's closed....and you pay extra for the convenience!
I flew back in on Sunday and there was a sign on the screen saying "We've had to slow down. Your journey will take a little longer today".

Sounds like POD will need to be quite a lot cheaper to offset the risk if you're booking any time soon, over just booking short stay.
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Old Sep 21, 22, 5:01 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
I flew back in on Sunday and there was a sign on the screen saying "We've had to slow down. Your journey will take a little longer today".
That sign has been there for some time now. The journeys are definitely slower these days. A few weeks ago I arrived at Pod Parking Station B to get the pod and there were two engineers working on one of the doors, while the other doors for the other pod wouldn't close. They hadn't noticed this, so I asked them if there was anything they could do. It seemed not, so walked up to Pod Parking Station A and caught one from there. Not exactly the premium experience LHR makes you pay for.

I'm giving up on parking at Heathrow now. The prices are ridiculous. It's becoming cheaper to take a taxi for anything more than a two day trip.
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Old Sep 21, 22, 8:42 am
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I'm giving up on parking at Heathrow now. The prices are ridiculous. It's becoming cheaper to take a taxi for anything more than a two day trip.
I have pod parking booked next week and wanted to change it to short term as I don't want another 'down for maintenance' again at 10.30pm, but short term was almost 300 🤦🏽‍♂️
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Old Sep 22, 22, 3:19 am
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Two of us used the pods Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning. Thistle never charged us when we arrived at the hotel Tuesday night, and only charged us one fare when we departed Wednesday morning.
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Old Sep 22, 22, 4:53 am
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Pods working today which pleased Mrs.Also got flubbed on the Orlando flight so my luck in today for a change. 😁
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Old Sep 22, 22, 5:42 am
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Originally Posted by Mike Skyflier View Post
Pods working today which pleased Mrs.Also got flubbed on the Orlando flight so my luck in today for a change. 😁
They always work in the day. I've not had an issue getting on them flying out, it's flying back at night. They seem to close early. Twice now they've been closed after 10pm. Problem is, first you know is when you go to floor 2 and you see the 'bus replacement' warning. So frustrating.
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Old Sep 22, 22, 6:25 am
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What time do they start? Hoping to use them tomorrow morning some time between 5-6
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Old Sep 22, 22, 6:41 am
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What time do they start? Hoping to use them tomorrow morning some time between 5-6
4am.
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Old Sep 22, 22, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by chriswiles View Post
I have pod parking booked next week and wanted to change it to short term as I don't want another 'down for maintenance' again at 10.30pm, but short term was almost 300 🤦🏽‍♂️
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Old Sep 22, 22, 2:42 pm
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Originally Posted by chriswiles View Post
They always work in the day. I've not had an issue getting on them flying out, it's flying back at night. They seem to close early. Twice now they've been closed after 10pm. Problem is, first you know is when you go to floor 2 and you see the 'bus replacement' warning. So frustrating.
Pods were down Monday morning and 30 minute wait for a mini bus which was only big enough for half the que. Pods were back up and running Wednesday night. Agree they should stick something in the terminal when pods are out so you can walk straight to bus rather than go up, down then realise you just missed the replacement bus and thats another 20 mins
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Old Sep 22, 22, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by rlnnpt View Post
Pods were down Monday morning and 30 minute wait for a mini bus which was only big enough for half the que. Pods were back up and running Wednesday night. Agree they should stick something in the terminal when pods are out so you can walk straight to bus rather than go up, down then realise you just missed the replacement bus and thats another 20 mins
Definitely the galling thing about the POD service. You pay for the speed and convenience, then you have to add 20-30 minutes extra to get the friggin bus! Totally right.
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