I APPLAUD Lord Adonis's wise decision not to bow to pressure from BAA and the aviation lobby and route HS2 high-speed rail service via Heathrow.
The number of passengers arriving at this grossly overcrowded airport and wishing to travel onwards to the Midlands and the north-west is very limited and of little consequence compared with the total demand from passengers wishing to travel between the wider south-east area and beyond.
Creating a major intercity rail/air hub at Heathrow would simply serve to encourage more airline passengers to use this airport rather than regional airports, while encouraging more local passengers to join the HS2 service there rather than the main terminals.
One only has to look at the impact the existing coach station at Heathrow has on locally generated traffic to realise how much additional traffic will be drawn to the M25 and the overcrowded Piccadilly Tube should Heathrow be served by a regular HS2 service.
JOHN BEESTON Honorary chairman Ealing Passenger Transport Users
Group Gordon Road