YEP Letters: June 4

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Make plans to integrate HS2 and HS3

D Angood, Stanningley

I have contributed letters to your paper on this subject and have also written to the Yorkshire MPs and also HS2 with regard to the route and the terminus.

Whether or not I have had any influence I do not know but the decision to revamp the City station to accommodate HS2 is a victory for common sense.

Does the common sense solutions go far enough? Only time will tell.

HS2 is coming and so it seems is HS3 so why is there no plan to integrate them so instead of a terminus in Manchester and Leeds why not continue the service on the HS3 lines?

This would mean people living on that route and wanting to travel to and from London or Birmingham would not have to suffer the tribulation of changing trains.

Whilst we are on the subject of Transport for the North, what are the plans to modernise the present infrastructure so that the next few years are not fraught with problems before the introduction of HS2 and 3?

Has the airport link fallen through because that was supposed to be a priority a little while ago but plans seem to have hit the dust?

Cycling with traffic increase

A Hague, Harehills

IN REPLY to “Facing Commuting Fears on Two Wheels” it must be more dangerous to start cycling now than when I was a child.

My dad took me cycling to Shadwell when I was nine and I have never looked back.

There is far more traffic to compete with now but you soon learn how to cope.

It is a short cut to keeping fit and a great way to visit the Yorkshire Dales. It is also a good way to avoid bus queues and bus service delays.

Cycle lanes do feel safer but cyclists must allow for car doors being opened onto the cycle lane.

Reflective clothing makes you far safer, even in daylight and lights which flash on and off in the dark are a very good idea.

I am sure that people appreciate that it is far cheaper to cycle than using a car. However, I do think that the millions spent on the cycleway to Bradford would have been better spent on improvements in the two cities, as in my opinion the cycleway will be under-used.

A barrage of Labour U-turns

Chris Sharp, by email

Is there no end to the two -faced, cringe-making, U-turning Labour politicians telling all who will listen that they didn’t really believe what Miliband preached and they are really pro business etc?

Andy Burnham being the latest joke wanting to grab power by fair means or foul. Mercifully we have at least five years and probably longer before these clowns get their hands on anything to do with high office.

BBC should look for new talent

George Ellis, by email.

I agree with Paul Kirby on BBC Look North gaffes.

Time to give the Punch and Judy show the red card. And look for new talent.

Stop blaming the elderly

J Shedlow, Moortown

WHEN ARE people going to stop blaming elderly folk for taking up GPs’ time and also ‘bed blocking’ in hospitals?

If it wasn’t for the older generation they would not exist.

Danger of riding on pavements

Roger Watkinson, Halton

APPARENTLY, riding a bike on a pavement is illegal. If a car went on the pavement they would be chased by police and the driver locked up. Why do police turn a blind eye to cyclists doing this?

It is time the police started to stop the cyclists committing such an act and prosecuting them.

They are a danger to people going about their normal business on foot, especially the young and old.

Lots of famous stammerers

Mary Burke, Boston, Massachusetts

I enjoyed your article “Jason Donovan has the right words of support” (May 28) on his role in The King’s Speech.

It should be noted that there have been and are many other famous British stammerers such as Winston Churchill, Philip Larkin, Kim Philby, W. Somerset Maugham, Charles Darwin and many others.

Know your boundaries

Ron Davies, Yeadon

Just a minor moan. In yesterday’s shocking case of child grooming ‘Jailed for 51 years’, the address of one of the guilty men was said to be in Horsforth.

In fact Latchmere Drive is in the Moor Grange area. The Horsforth boundary is marked by a stream at the bottom of Butcher Hill.

Just a small point but it is a bit annoying when the local paper gets basics like these wrong.

Fantastic work of volunteers

Debbie Hill, Head of Volunteering at Marie Curie

In celebration of National Volunteers’ Week this week (June 1-7), I want to tell you about the fantastic work of our Marie Curie volunteers.

As the UK’s leading charity for people with a terminal illness, Marie Curie provides care and support to people with a terminal illness and their loved ones in West Yorkshire and across the UK.

This work would not be possible without our wonderful network of volunteers.

In West Yorkshire alone, Marie Curie has 200 volunteers, who give up their time and energy to support our services, help raise money and raise awareness for our charity.

Katya Jones with her celebrity partner Joe McFadden

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