Over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd September Ultra Global threw open its doors to the public as part of the hugely successful Open House London event. The event which was first held in 1992 saw 700 premises across the capital open up to the public, many for the first time. Sites that opened their doors included Battersea Power Station, The Gherkin and 10 Downing Street. Visitors to the Ultra PRT system were able to enjoy a ride on the system followed by a guided tour of either the control room or the maintenance depot. Ultra estimated that around 600/700 visitors attended across the course of the weekend which contributed to one of the busiest Sundays ever on the system.
Whilst the Heathrow pod is continuing to gain publicity within the transport industry, Ultra hoped Open House would increase the systems profile among local residents in and around London. Ultra believe that their pioneering system will become part of the future public transport offering within the UK with many members of the public set to benefit from the on-demand, direct and personal journeys offered by the technology. The event appeared to be well received by visitors and Ultra and Heathrow hope that Heathrow pod may be able to take part again as part of the 2014 event.