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PRT work commences at Heathrow

Wed, 19 Dec, 2007

Work has started on a hi-tech new passenger transport system at London Heathrow Airport.

The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system is a low-energy, battery-powered method of transport designed to ferry passengers around the airport in a quick and comfortable manner.

It will eventually be rolled out across the whole site, but the work currently underway is to build a 3.8 kilometer guideway which will allow 18 driverless vehicles to ship passengers from the airport parking facilities to the new Terminal Five building.

Mark Bullock, managing director of London Heathrow Airport, claimed the £25million PRT system is a world first.

He added: "This innovative system forms part of BAA's plan to transform Heathrow, improve the passenger experience and reduce the environmental impact of our operation through the development of cutting edge, green transport solutions."

London Heathrow Airport's operator BAA recently announced that passenger numbers at the country's busiest airport were 2.4 per cent higher in November 2007 than in the corresponding period last year.

Joe Evans

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