YEP Letters: October 3

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Brian Berry, by email

i WAS on the the 229 that was due at the bus station around 5.50pm and my destination was the bus station (on October 1).

The traffic was fine until the bus stopped accross from the Arnold Clark car showroom and it sat there.

Unlike many of the other riders, I waited to see if traffic began moving and it did not.

After about 10 minutes of waiting, I decided to follow in the path of previous riders and walk.

Since I had a way to go home, I walked to the train station, about 20 minutes, and took a cab.

I have been travelling in that area for over two years on the bus.

The road is very narrow and there is a lot of traffic on it during peak times.

Also, there is construction occuring between Wellinton Place and the train station.

In my opinion, grandiose ideas like ride sharing are too simplistic and will not significantly reduce traffic flow. The issue lies in the fact the road is not well connected to allow drivers alternate routes and the road is too narrow.

Also, if traffic was restricted to buses and cars with no trucks, it might reduce some traffic.

However, I believe the issue is more complex. Driving in the city centre is complex.

The city needs to look at how it can improve traffic flow in Leeds city centre and possibly look at widening the road.

Finally, if Arriva and First ran more regular buses with cheaper fares, it might encourage more people to use the bus instead of driving to work.

People prefer to travel by car

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council

I WAS very interested to read Stewart Andrew MP’s intervention on the upcoming consultation for the Leeds Bradford International Airport access road (YEP, October 1).

Mr Andrew’s preferred option appears to do nothing on road links whilst pushing for rail links.

Given the delays on railway infrastructure from central government that could be a long time away.

Whatever we may hope about the demand for railway links, many people will still prefer to travel to the Airport by car.

By doing nothing on road links - not even the third limited option that will be consulted on later in the year- residents in nearby areas will have to suffer more traffic, noise and pollution along what are older, residential roads.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin came to Leeds this week to announce that Transpennine electrification would happen, but would be finished three years later than previously thought.

He was less optimistic about electrification of the rail line between Leeds, Harrogate and York and other smaller electrification projects, saying he would “try and address some of that”.

So instead of putting out press releases stating his opinion over again, perhaps Mr Andrew can have a word in Mr McLoughlin’s ear about the funding we need in Leeds for railway improvements?

City’s Loop Road really is ‘loopy’

M McGlashan, Headingley

The LAYOUT and design of Leeds’ roads, especially in the city centre is dreadful with, for example, far too many non-integrated sets of traffics lights.

And whoever came up with the name Loop Road must be loopy! Anyone from elsewhere arriving into Leeds and confronted with signs for ‘Loop Traffic’ must be completely bewildered.

And as for a stranger to the city trying to find their way to the station by car... And when one does get there, people/taxis picking up/dropping off people block access to people trying to get into the car park.

And when one does get into the car park, many of the spaces are taken up by taxis sitting there waiting to be directed to the location of their next customer.

A general shambles which would be exacerbated if the plans for a trolleybus go ahead. Can you imagine the problems caused during the construction phase?

Music raises exam results

Victoria Jaquiss FRSA, music teacher

at last, it’s official! Music raises exam results.

Maybe it’s a shame that it takes a high profile opera company backed by a huge grant for the media and the public to get the point.

But then maybe that is the good side of celebrity. And it is very pleasing and heartening to see of Opera North’s success at Windmill primary.

However, now it is out there for all to see and understand, please can someone tell the government to reinstate music lessons’ importance in the school curriculum; please could other subject teachers take a chance and allow their students out for their half hour flute lessons, knowing that it will ultimately benefit maths; please can students stop stopping their peripatetic and private music lessons for the GCSE years; please can parents and carers not be frightened into the same.

One of my ex-students to whom I taught music at Royal Park Primary, then at City of Leeds got nine A-Cs (including a number of As and A*s), went to get three good A levels and has just got a first class honours degree (not in Music) at Liverpool University.

She never missed a lesson or at concert while at school, and still plays in the band when she is back in Leeds. (And she is just one of many success stories).

Music and the other arts reach the brain cells that other subjects need them to reach. Besides boosting exam results, there’s plenty of research out there to prove that it also boosts and develops a person’s self-esteem, self-confidence and general mental health.

Time spent on music at school is never wasted. We are creating the players and the appreciative audiences of the future.

Prices are ‘exorbitant’

Lin Pass, via email

I WAS not at all surprised that Welcome to Yorkshire was left with unsold merchandise after the Grand Depart.

I visited the official souvenir shop on Albion Street and was put off buying anything by the exorbitant prices.

Organisers please note; value for money is an essential ingredient for successful sales in Yorkshire.

YEP Letters: July 21