Heathrow ef­fect on lo­cal road queues

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - GRA­HAM HORN Former Chair­man of Hilling­don Coun­cil’s Trans­porta­tion Sub Com­mit­tee Colling­wood Road Uxbridge

THE Gazette’s ar­ti­cle in your 28th Oc­to­ber edi­tion refers to Heathrow’s in­flated claims of ben­e­fits to the lo­cal econ­omy, th­ese are cer­tainly false in my con­sid­ered opin­ion.

The mas­sive in­crease in road traf­fic will cause more and larger traf­fic jams, pos­si­bly stretch­ing back to Har­row, caus­ing dam­age to the econ­omy and de­ter­ring in­ward in­vest­ment.

On the other hand sup­port­ers of Boris Is­land fail to stress its ben­e­fits to the Air­line Industry.

As its sound foot­print is over wa­ter fly­ing round the clock would be pos­si­ble, bet­ter than hav­ing air­craft grounded overnight.

Hilling­don res­i­dents would also be spared of dis­tur­bance from night land­ings and late take­offs.

I won­der if the in­come from land­fill charges have been con­sid­ered when cal­cu­lat­ing the cost of the is­land.

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