LOTS OF people are championing the proposed rail link to the airport and its implementation as soon as possible.
MP Stuart Andrew instigated the debate in Parliament in support of it. There are people out there planning routes and access but please let us ensure that the experts are involved, not just the decision makers.
Whilst a great many extol the virtues and benefits a rail link would bring very few have the expertise or knowledge to create such a connection.
It is patently not as simple as drawing a line on a map. We must ensure that the maximum usage and benefit are accrued from the venture and to do that we must obtain the help of those with the experience of transport and all its aspects.
Any rail link to the airport must not be a terminus, it has to be extended from the Harrogate line to the Wharfedale line and therefore to the Airedale line and Bradford.
The decision makers, power brokers, operators and funders must also plan to join the two Bradford stations so creating a link to the airport with the whole of West Yorkshire.
What about reopening the Spen Valley line? Has MP Mike Wood thought of that for his constituents? A taxi to the local station would be much cheaper than one to the airport, especially so if on the agenda were plans for fares to be integrated to include all travel.
It may be that the West Yorkshire Group are thinking on similar lines but for any proposed venture to succeed it must secure the support of the local politicians and the public.
As the editorial comment in the YEP on October 15 says, it must be a decision taken sooner rather than later. Have the people involved got the character and persistence to make it happen?
Denis Angood, Stanningley
What’s going to be the charge?
WITH regard to the proposed Leeds-Bradford Airport rail link, are there any plans yet to charge for getting off the train?
Walt Emsley, Oakwood
Check your speedo first!
I TAKE exception to the letter by Patsy Laycock (YEP, October 13), in which she seeks to denigrate heavy goods vehicle drivers for exceeding the 50 mph limit in road works.
She states that many are travelling “well over the 50 miles an hour limit”.
What would she estimate their speeds at? And, as the vast majority of goods vehicles 7.5 tonne and above, are limited to 90 kph (56 miles per hour), then passing at that speed is hardly well over the limit.
Also, most HGVs have cruise control on them, as does my 7.5 tonne vehicle. When the tachograph is fitted and calibrated, then so are the speedometers.
I travel the same route every day, which necessitates me travelling through the road works from Scotch Corner to Leeming Bar, a distance of 17 kilometres.
On entering the road works I set my limiter at 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph). I am then forced on numerous occasions to take off the limiter, because a vehicle in front of me is travelling at 70 kilometres an hour.
This happens with monotonous frequency, and most of those vehicles are cars!
Perhaps before criticising goods vehicle drivers, Ms Laycock could get her speedometer checked and see how accurate it is.
Mark Hall, Pudsey
Don’t be rude about Sugar
ON READING Martin Phillips’ comments on Alan Sugar (YEP, October 16) I felt the need to respond.
Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but why does he have to be so rude and offensive, calling somebody “a conceited ill- mannered slob”?
To be realistic, it is only a television programme, he does not know Mr Sugar personally, and to ridicule him in such a matter is not called for.
There are many people on TV whose manner I dislike, so I don’t watch the programme. Jeremy Clarkson springs to mind! As for Lord Sugar’s “third rate hi-fi systems,” there are millions of people now enjoying Sky TV thanks to his company producing Sky boxes over the years. For Mr Phillips to speak so insultingly makes me wonder if there is an underlying reason he dislikes the man.
Remember Mr Phillips, there is an OFF switch on your TV. The choice is yours!
Howard Richman, Leeds
Clear housing debate needed
I’m concerned about the lack of serious local debate on the homes we need in our community when there’s clearly a big problem.
Many of us are finding it really hard to save enough money to get on the housing ladder, or are struggling with increasing rents while our salaries are staying the same.
I am part of the Yes to Homes campaign which is helping to create a lifeline for the people who are renting, trying to get on the housing ladder, and stuck at home with only dreams of moving out.
We all need to be prepared to join in the local debate with our local councillors to tackle this problem, and think about how we can get the right homes in the right places at prices that are affordable for everybody in Morley.
But our community leaders can only deliver those homes if more local people speak up and tell them things must change. The community must join the Yes to Homes campaign, together we can make them listen.
Please sign the petition for more of the right homes, in the right place, at the right price at www.yestohomes.co.uk.
Sylvia Ismond, Morley
Ruining my day at the cinema AS IF my usual cheerful shop had not been marred enough by annoying supermarket assistants nagging me to use rogue self-service machines (which I absolutely refuse to entertain – why should I do their jobs for them as a paying customer?). My coveted trip to the ‘quieter in the afternoon’ Kirkstall Vue cinema was ruined by the kiosk guy when he urged me to hand over my bags for storage as it was now the cinema’s rule.
I stood my ground on this and departed rapidly.
Why should I hand my goods over the counter with no receipt, then most likely have to queue to get them back when the place is busier later on?
The Vue company has also cancelled their complimentary discount tickets. No wonder this venue does not seemed to be used as much as it used to be.
Viola Rosen-Rachid, Rothwell
It’s all too good to be true. . .
I WOULD imagine that the majority of Yorkshire Evening Post readers will have listened to the pre-election speeches of Mr Cameron, Mr Miliband and Mr Clegg. I did think Mr Cameron’s speech was too good to be true. It’s fine to promise all these generous concessions but at the end of the day where will all the money come from?
I did notice there wasn’t any information given on the one thing that most people are concerned about – immigration.
I do not think the party who have the bottle to make a positive decision on this delicate issue will be the party who will do very well.
Mr Farage of Ukip should not be regarded as a non-runner. He could surprise us all.
T Valentine, Leeds