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Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

Let­ters should be 300 words max­i­mum. The Edi­tor re­serves the right to edit let­ters. Anony­mous let­ters will not be con­sid­ered but names and ad­dresses can be with­held. Ev­ery week looks at is­sues that af­fect us all – the is­sues that get you talk­ing. You can join in by email­ing bmail­bar­bara@gmail.com HOW I agree with cor­re­spon­dent Gary Har­bord on the clo­sures of Lon­don trans­port’s ticket of­fices and gen­eral re­duc­tion of staff.

Since Mike Brown took over as gen­eral manager, there have been many changes, not nec­es­sar­ily for the bet­ter.

The new ‘S’ stock, on the Metropoli­tan line is a case in pointat ev­ery door, there is a pas­sen­ger, (sorry, cus­tomer) op­er­ated but­ton, to open the door – we have paid for this de­vice, so, why is it’s use only im­ple­mented at ter­mi­nal sta­tions, while at in­ter­me­di­ate stops, all the doors are flung open, re­leas­ing what lit­tle heat­ing that the train can gen­er­ate?

My wife and my­self both suf­fer from cer­vi­cal spon­du­lo­sis (arthri­tis of the neck) and find sit­ting side­ways to the di­rec­tion of travel very dif­fi­cult. The num­ber of fore­word fac­ing seats is de­creas­ing as we speak.

The an­noy­ing ‘sonic Sonya’ an­nounce­ment sys­tem was bought into use for the ben­e­fit, not as sus­pected, for tourists, but that of the blind and judg­ing by the vol­ume, also of the deaf – over 70 an­nounce­ments be­tween Uxbridge and Whitechapel, is, I feel ex­ces­sive.

How­ever there seems to be no con­ces­sions for suf­fer­ers of CS.

An email to Mike Brown, sug­gest­ing that a ‘quiet’ seg­ment of a train be made avail­able to those pas­sen­gers who know their des­ti­na­tion and do not wish to hear th­ese an­nounce­ments was firmly turned down by the re­sponse, “we could not pos­si­bly con­sider mak­ing a ‘quiet’ sec­tion avail­able – cus­tomers would not be able to hear the an­nounce­ments.”

If this is a typ­i­cal ob­tuse re­sponse by Mr Brown to a re­quest from a mem­ber of the public can any­one won­der why there is so TOBY Van de Velde spot­ted this bizarre sight in Granville Road, Hilling­don just off Long Lane.

It is surely a can­di­date for the ‘what­ever were they think­ing award’ and may be tricky to get a car in or out.

If some­thing catches your eye while out in the bor­ough please take a photo and email it to the Gazette news­desk via steve. bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com. In­clude I THOUGHT I should write to clar­ify my po­si­tion fol­low­ing the re­port in the March 25 Gazette about the hus­tings at Brunel Uni­ver­sity.

I have al­ways been op­posed to Heathrow Air­port’s pro­posed third run­way, which would cause mis­ery for 100,000 peo­ple in west Lon­don and I would vote against it there were a vote in Par­lia­ment.

I favour a sec­ond run­way at Gatwick, which would in­crease air­port ca­pac­ity in Lon­don and the South East of Eng­land and only af­fect around 5,000 peo­ple.

The point I was mak­ing at the hus­tings was that the Davies Com­mis­sion has spent sev­eral years in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pros and cons of the var­i­ous op­tions and will make a rec­om­men­da­tion to the new gov­ern­ment in June; and if the gov­ern­ment chooses not to ac­cept the com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tion then it clearly will be a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion, rather than one based on ev­i­dence and anal­y­sis.

Sadly the Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date chose to at­tend an­other event, rather than come to Uxbridge for the hus­tings, so he was not there to be asked about his po­si­tion on Heathrow.

But when the Davies Com­mis­sion threw out the so-called Boris Is­land air­port last year, Mr John­son made it quite clear that he thought he knew bet­ter than the ex­perts and would seek to res­ur­rect it if he ever got into a po­si­tion of power.

Any­one who knows any­thing about avi­a­tion knows that you can­not have the Thames es­tu­ary air­port and Heathrow.

So peo­ple should think long and hard be­fore cast­ing their vote for a can­di­date who wants to see the demise of the area’s big­gest em­ployer.

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