As part of Heathrow’s £900m (roughly $1.5 billion) overhaul of their luggage system, The British Airports Authority (BAA) is building a massive underground tunnel to transport bags between two terminals. The tunnel will run for over a mile, evading subway lines and underground fuel tanks.
Currently luggage transfer between Terminals 3 and 5 can take over an hour – the new tunnel will save about 20 minutes.
You may remember Heathrow had major luggage problems last year with the opening of Terminal 5, but this very public upset did not prompt the tunnel plans, supposedly, nor will it entirely prevent lost luggage in the future. A BAA spokesperson said, “There are so many different reasons why bags can go missing…. Baggage is a very complex world.”
Construction is happening 24 hours a day, with the hope of opening the tunnel by the end of 2011.
I don’t know, but spending multi-million dollars to shave an hour-long baggage wait down to 40 minutes seems a bit wasteful to me, especially in these harsh economic times. And people don’t even get to go down into the tunnel which seems like the coolest part!Source: The Guardian Image: MailOnline