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 email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.