Odeon needs to cater for ev­ery­one

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - ALAN THOMP­SON Worces­ter Road Cow­ley NAME AND AD­DRESS SUP­PLIED CHRIS SUM­MERS Labour prospec­tive par­lia­men­tary can­di­date of Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip

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Last week­end I paid a visit on a Satur­day night with my girl­friend and another friend, and a kind gen­tle­man of­fered to buy us a bot­tle of bub­bly!

Maybe the pub from out­side does not look that invit­ing, but looks can be de­ceiv­ing. OH HOW we agree with Bar­bara Fisher’s com­ments on Uxbridge Odeon!.

We are a group of ladies who, after a day vol­un­teer­ing in a lo­cal char­ity shop, like to go to the cin­ema. But very few of our choice of films come to Uxbridge.

The ‘miss­ing’ films are all highly rated, well ad­ver­tised films of var­i­ous types from com­edy to drama.

Surely one of the screens could show cur­rent re­lease films which are not just chil­dren’s films, fan­tasy or adult/hor­ror?

One screen­ing a week in the so-called ‘se­nior screen’ seems to be the only place to miss this limited choice. So come on Odeon Uxbridge – reach a wider au­di­ence. Other Odeons do, so why not you? week­ends and on Bank Hol­i­days), the adult off-peak price for a day’s travel on Oys­ter goes from £8.50 to £10.90 in Zone 1-5 and £11.70 in Zone 1-6.

Those who still buy pa­per Trav­el­cards will be hit even harder – an off-peak Zone 1-6 Trav­el­card goes from £8.90 to £12.00 (adult).

Weekly Trav­el­cards for Zone 1-5 and Zone 1-6 rise by 2.4 per cent and the adult weekly bus pass have gone up by 4 per cent. There is now no in­cen­tive for daily Oys­ter users who reg­u­larly reach the cur­rent off-peak cap of £8.50 to wait un­til after 9.30am to travel. This will mean con­ges­tion on the Cen­tral, Pic­cadilly and Met­ro­pol­i­tan Lines into cen­tral London will get even worse.

In­creased fares may mean peo­ple abandoning pub­lic trans­port and get back in their cars – adding to the city’s chronic air pol­lu­tion prob­lem.

The only trav­ellers who will ben­e­fit from this new fares pack­age are those who live in Zone 1-3, like Boris John­son in Is­ling­ton and his posh chums in Bel­gravia and Knights­bridge, who reg­u­larly reach the off-peak daily cap.

It is low paid work­ers and outer Lon­don­ers who are the big losers.

Amaz­ingly, Boris John­son’s PR peo­ple have tried to spin the fare rises as good news be­cause they might ben­e­fit the 22 per cent of peo­ple who work part-time. But hold on a minute: those worse off are the vast majority who work full-time.

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