Heathrow’s Terminal 5, which will open in March 2008, has some rather innovative features planned for its car park, designed to take the stress out of the parking experience which is dreaded by so many.
The dream car park in question is to include the following:
- Electronic guides in the form of arrows (Variable Messaging System) will direct drivers to free bays which in addition will be highlighted with a green light- making hunting down a vacant space a doddle.
- Automatic number plate recognition technology will be in place to give drivers who have pre- booked a space, swift entry and exit to the car park.
- Can’t remember where you parked your car? By inserting your ticket into the kiosk, number plate recognition combined with CCTV will be able to locate your car and tell you which section of the car park to head to.
But- if even with all these features the thought of parking at the world’s busiest airport is giving you a headache- have no fear!- a Valet Parking service is at hand, allowing you to leave your car on the terminal forecourt and retrieve it from just outside the arrivals area on your return.