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Chris M Wanted a V-10

RDQ 6 March 2017 - Pod parking at LHR T5

Has anyone used the LHR T5 Parking Pod system?
Looks fun plus great views of the planes leaving/taking off during your short trip.

Some of the blurb says that they deliver you to the terminal but it appears from You Tube that they actually deposit you in the car park across the access road from the terminal.

I'm a bit horrified at the "tun up and use" price of £34 per day though !
Pre-booking cuts this considerably
Bryan M

I have never used it - I am parking at the Hilton T5 (NCP drive up and leave the car) and getting the shuttle in - costing c£50 for the week - and staying in the Travelodge T5 for £18 the night before which is just round the corner - glamorous start to a week in and around Menton/Monaco!!
Martin

I was looking at it last night, £160 for 5 days in the summer holidays.   You don't have to pay to use it, so if you want the experience, get to the airport a little early and have a free return trip.
PhilD

https://youtu.be/-QxJV44wUQs

Her hair looks more like a port-wine stain.
Roadsterstu

I presume that in 20 years that's how we will travel everywhere. None of this tedious driving bollocks.
PhilD

Roadsterstu wrote:
I presume that in 20 years that's how we will travel everywhere. None of this tedious driving bollocks.


Yeah, it's uber without the driver.
Big Blue

I used them a couple of years ago. Novel if nothing else.
Racing Teatray

Bryan M wrote:
... glamorous start to a week in and around Menton/Monaco!!


Where are you staying? I know that particular nook of France very well - my father had a house in Roquebrune-Cap Martin for nearly 20 years until regrettably he sold it last year.

The pods are ok and from memory at T5 they take you to the terminal, but frankly I almost never park at an airport unless I can get into the short stay right by the terminal. That's obviously a perk of being a Londoner for whom many other alternative transport options exist.
PhilD

Roadsterstu wrote:
I presume that in 20 years that's how we will travel everywhere. None of this tedious driving bollocks.


Here you go!

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news...previews-self-driving-pod-vehicle
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Racing Teatray wrote:
..... I almost never park at an airport unless I can get into the short stay right by the terminal. That's obviously a perk of being a Londoner for whom many other alternative transport options exist.

.... and for being very well paid; London airport charges are, for the likes of me, extortionate.
I am under 30 minutes by car from LHR T5 but by public transport it's at least 90 minutes and 2 changes plus a 20-minute walk to/from my local train station (in the rain depending on weather).  Taxi fares have been creeping up over the years to the extent that it's generally at least £40 each way (plus parking charges on the return journey).  I'm tempted to try the Pod Parking once, just as an experience
Big Blue

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
..... I almost never park at an airport unless I can get into the short stay right by the terminal. That's obviously a perk of being a Londoner for whom many other alternative transport options exist.

.... and for being very well paid; London airport charges are, for the likes of me, extortionate.


Earnings and spending power are all relative. Racing has a mortgage Chris. I seem to recall you don't anymore
Bob Sacamano

We use the Meet and Greet at Newcastle Airport. You can drive to a dedicated car park within 50 yards of the Terminal and hand your car over to a driver who will take it away and park it in the long term parking, bringing it back to you when you land. For another couple of quid you can book Fast Track security, by-pass any queues and be relaxing an the bar within 20 mins. All for under £80 for 10 days in June.
I wouldn't fly from anywhere else if I could - add in the fact that Newcastle is also the most on-time airport in the UK you rarely get delays.

Shit, I've jinxed it now!
TreVoR

Bob Sacamano wrote:
We use the Meet and Greet at Newcastle Airport. You can drive to a dedicated car park within 50 yards of the Terminal and hand your car over to a driver who will take it away and park it in the long term parking, bringing it back to you when you land. For another couple of quid you can book Fast Track security, by-pass any queues and be relaxing an the bar within 20 mins. All for under £80 for 10 days in June.
I wouldn't fly from anywhere else if I could - add in the fact that Newcastle is also the most on-time airport in the UK you rarely get delays.

Shit, I've jinxed it now!


We do all of the above. I love Newcastle Airport. Sadly, I am having to use Edinburgh when we go on holiday in May. Never flown from there before.
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
..... I almost never park at an airport unless I can get into the short stay right by the terminal. That's obviously a perk of being a Londoner for whom many other alternative transport options exist.

.... and for being very well paid; London airport charges are, for the likes of me, extortionate.


Is it a London thing are are all airport carparks a rip off? Luton definitely is though they do think they are in London.
Martin

Luton is relatively cheap.  I was looking at the weekend and 5 days parking in their most expensive car park (the new multi-story connected to the terminal) was £63, T5 pod parking was £160.
Bob Sacamano

Completely off topic but can anyone remember Pod shoes from the 80s - I loved them and had a few pairs. Style icon I was back then:



Partner them with a pair of Le Breve trousers and you were pure girlbait.  
PhilD

We paid £40 Sat-Mon, reduced from £60. Gatwick costs £120 odd for 2 weeks. Seems about the same. Heathrow though  
Martin

We only paid £98 for 20 days Valet parking at Gatwick, booked direct with the airport, not an off site company.  That's January pricing, much cheaper than the summer holidays.
Big Blue

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Completely off topic but can anyone remember Pod shoes from the 80s - I loved them and had a few pairs. Style icon I was back then:



Partner them with a pair of Le Breve trousers and you were pure girlbait.  


OMG Pods! One of my earliest memories of high school was a group us juniors hanging about with a group of 6th formers, as one was an older brother, and this older brother was extolling the virtues of his new Pod shoes. About 1980/81
Bob Sacamano

Big Blue wrote:


OMG Pods! One of my earliest memories of high school was a group us juniors hanging about with a group of 6th formers, as one was an older brother, and this older brother was extolling the virtues of his new Pod shoes. About 1980/81


That'll have been us, just starting 6th form where you didn't need to wear a uniform.
Racing Teatray

Big Blue wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
..... I almost never park at an airport unless I can get into the short stay right by the terminal. That's obviously a perk of being a Londoner for whom many other alternative transport options exist.

.... and for being very well paid; London airport charges are, for the likes of me, extortionate.


Earnings and spending power are all relative. Racing has a mortgage Chris. I seem to recall you don't anymore


Indeed. And a terrifyingly vast one to boot. I'm particularly highly taxed too. Bloody nearly 50% overall.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Don't forget that I am fast approaching 60 now and until mid-last-year, working life was one big uphill financial struggle.  I had an interest-only mortgage and was reliant upon receiving the inheritance to pay it off; that I now have some left over which will enable me to also pay off car loans and permit me to do a bit of travel is a bonus.  I intend to do some overseas trips for pleasure whilst I am still fit enough to be able to walk alot and take in the sights.  The amount of time I can take off work will prove to be the limiting factor as I still need an income :-(
Giant

You also have a fleet of 3 new cars which would be seen as huge affluence/indulgence by many folks. We all have different incomes and choose to spend what we do have in ways that often appears baffling to others. Casting envious eyes at others and complaining about ones own situation only inflicts unhappiness on oneself.
Tim

Giant wrote:
You also have a fleet of 3 new cars which would be seen as huge affluence/indulgence by many folks. We all have different incomes and choose to spend what we do have in ways that often appears baffling to others. Casting envious eyes at others and complaining about ones own situation only inflicts unhappiness on oneself.


That's a good point - a couple of years ago we got slagged off by a friend for having 4 cars and thus clearly being well off until I pointed out that the total value of our 4 cars was approx. 50% of that of his wife's newly acquired 6 month old Prius.

Plus we don't have any kids to pay for.
Bryan M

Racing Teatray wrote:
Bryan M wrote:
... glamorous start to a week in and around Menton/Monaco!!


Where are you staying? I know that particular nook of France very well - my father had a house in Roquebrune-Cap Martin for nearly 20 years until regrettably he sold it last year.



We are staying in Menton, a good friend married a local girl and I have been many times over the years for various family events (wedding was in Menton church on top of the hill and reception was at Cafe de Paris as her brother was the head sommelier there).

I usually rent an apartment from a local when I go rather than hotels - this time we have gone for the following as we need two bedrooms in order to give my Mum a little holiday

https://www.homeaway.co.uk/p6002831
Chris M Wanted a V-10

There are plenty of council house areas where there are loads of new cars outside as they're company cars. I'm not sure that new cars outside a house these days have much indication of the occupiers' earnings
Martin

That looks very nice Bryan.

Chris, Your 3 new cars are for 2 people and aren't provided by your employer, so could be considered an indulgence by some.  Not by me, I'm all for enjoying your life and spending your money in what makes you happy.  You can't really complain when your are mortgage free, have 3 newish cars (and already looking at the next new one) and have holidays to look forward to.
Roadsterstu

Martin wrote:
That looks very nice Bryan.

Chris, Your 3 new cars are for 2 people and aren't provided by your employer, so could be considered an indulgence by some.  Not by me, I'm all for enjoying your life and spending your money in what makes you happy.  You can't really complain when your are mortgage free, have 3 newish cars (and already looking at the next new one) and have holidays to look forward to.


Indeed. That, on the face of it, isn't a bad position to be in at all.
Eff One

Martin wrote:
We only paid £98 for 20 days Valet parking at Gatwick, booked direct with the airport, not an off site company.  That's January pricing, much cheaper than the summer holidays.


Ditto. We first used it when Mrs Eff was on crutches early last year and have never looked back. For an extra £20 or so it's a no brainer especially with a baby.
Martin

Eff One wrote:
Martin wrote:
We only paid £98 for 20 days Valet parking at Gatwick, booked direct with the airport, not an off site company.  That's January pricing, much cheaper than the summer holidays.


Ditto. We first used it when Mrs Eff was on crutches early last year and have never looked back. For an extra £20 or so it's a no brainer especially with a baby.


Short stay can work as well and is usually cheaper than valet parking.  We've used it a few times at Heathrow and if you don't just take the first space and choose the right floor, you can be almost as close to the terminal as the valet parking bays.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Martin wrote:
You can't really complain when your are mortgage free, have 3 newish cars.....

I didn't think I Was complaining.

I could have a rant about how I've ended up working for a succession of lousy employers and will never fulfill my (work) potential, and how frustrated with life I am (largely as a consequence of the above), but I'll save that for maybe another day
Martin

You may have mentioned it before.....  

Seriously though, you can't blame 'employers' (the people that work for a company), as you're not forced to work anywhere and if an industry changes, limiting opportunities in your specialist area, then it's time to find out what else you can do.

Easier said than done, I know and I'm not criticising.
Racing Teatray

Bryan M wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
Bryan M wrote:
... glamorous start to a week in and around Menton/Monaco!!


Where are you staying? I know that particular nook of France very well - my father had a house in Roquebrune-Cap Martin for nearly 20 years until regrettably he sold it last year.



We are staying in Menton, a good friend married a local girl and I have been many times over the years for various family events (wedding was in Menton church on top of the hill and reception was at Cafe de Paris as her brother was the head sommelier there).

I usually rent an apartment from a local when I go rather than hotels - this time we have gone for the following as we need two bedrooms in order to give my Mum a little holiday

https://www.homeaway.co.uk/p6002831


Menton is a nice place. I assume you have already been up the Col de Turini out the back through Sospel (prob many times)? I do enjoy that on a quiet day. Dad's place was up the hill on the road just below the vieux village of Roquebrune.

That apartment looks rather nice and very nicely located as well. Coincidentally, we are heading off to Italy to the in-laws for Easter and also taking my mother along, for precisely the same reason. And, since my mother much prefers her own space to escape to if and when all the Italian gets too much, through an acquaintance we've rented her a little apartment in an old palazzo in the centro storico. It's only about 2 mins walk away so hopefully should work well.
Bryan M

We have indeed driven the Col de Turini - this place was fascinating to have a coffee at http://www.les3vallees-turini.fr/index-uk.htm
Big Blue

Yes it is nice down that way. I been to that caffe too. Like Racing's father, my mother had a flat in Roquebrune-sur-Mer about three minutes from the station and the sea with a parking space. Had to go when my step-dad went into a home which is a shame.

Every year I point at 2 bed flats by the sea I could buy but w2.0 wants varied holidays at present, not a holiday home so I huff for about a minute then forget it for a year.

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