A common sense view on why city needs an airport
WHAT a pleasure it was to read that someone with common sense, that has vast experience in the transport industry says that an airport is vital for a city the size of Plymouth, as he says it attracts business. Of course it does. Thank you Andy Byford.
The railway is never going to be the answer as we have just heard that they are not interested in Devon and Cornwall, it would cost many times more in finance to upgrade our rail link to the rest of the UK, also the A38 would cost millions to upgrade.
The runway is still there and we still have not had an answer where the eleven million pounds has gone, which was supposed to have been spent on lengthening the runway.
Mr Marketis seems always trying to find excuses why we should not have an airport.
He says an airport should have green fields around it, our airport did, but lots of houses have been built recently.
I have been to over fifty countries in the world and I can assure him, many airports have no green fields around them.
Has he ever been to Hong Kong? When you land there you can see people walking in the streets below.
He also says how many people use Newquay airport, yes many are from Plymouth. He says buses could also be used to take people to Exeter, a city less than half the size of Plymouth.
I feel very angry about his comments, I find it very insulting to the citizens of Plymouth and the young generation.
I saw Plymouth devastated during the blitz in the early 1940s, I myself was blown up twice by German bombs and finally buried with a direct hit and had to be dug out.
I have seen our city rebuilt and over the years a lot of new estates built, factories etc. We are central to the most beautiful part of the UK.
I would say to Mr Marketis, if he doesn't like Plymouth save up enough money (as rail fares have gone up again) and catch a train to somewhere else in the UK.
Higher St Budeaux