Five per cent use public transport

The final version of Bristol International Airport's master plan for expansion makes worrying reading. It says public transport services will quadruple and there will be no increase in aircraft noise or night flights. That is hard to believe in the light

The final version of Bristol International Airport's master plan for expansion makes worrying reading. It says public transport services will quadruple and there will be no increase in aircraft noise or night flights. That is hard to believe in the light of what has happened over the past few years,For example, still only a pathetic five per cent of passengers going to the airport last year used public transport. Even if that were 20 per cent rather than the likely 13 per cent by 2015, it would be far less than the 35 per cent of passengers already travelling to London airports by public transport. Lulsgate has only nine buses a day at infrequent intervals from Weston, or five if it is a Sunday. The stop for the nine or five equally infrequent buses back from the airport is not even marked or provided with a timetable. Coupled with the age of the buses, their unsuitability for carrying luggage and the one-hour journey time, the message from First Group is clear. They do not want us to travel to the airport by bus.The spurious claim is that expanding the airport would minimise road travel to Heathrow and Gatwick. Destroying our beautiful North Somerset countryside, endangering our lives by putting even more cars onto our country roads and using three aeroplanes to carry the same number of passengers as one operating from a major airport are obviously of little interest when compared with boosting the £20,000 a year made from Bristol International Airport car parking.CLLR MIKE KELLAWAY-MARRIOTTCentral WardWeston Town Council


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