Good morning from the newest and most glassily transparent addition to the UK public transport network since St. Pancras has its Eurostar makeover: Heathrow Terminal Five.
And I have to say – from today’s perspective at least – don’t believe the anti-hype. I can happily report that everything seems to be running normally. Expecting chaos after yesterday's cancelled flights and five hour delays I made sure I got here in plenty of time. I needn’t have hurried though, there seem to be no theme park sized queues and I breezed through check in and security with barely enough time to take it all in.
But I can see what all the fuss was about. This place would appear to have everything the 21st century traveler could want. It’s airy, clean and well staffed. There's even a Sony store and a Gordon Ramsay eaterie for goodness sake.
As a car nut it's tempting to assume that any means of transport other than the car is second rate. But as of yesterday flying BA from Heathrow certainly isn't. Here's hoping it does us all a favour and takes a few hundred thousand drivers off UK roads every year.