There is an old Yorkshire saying, 'you get owt for nowt', which means if you don't put something in, you won't get something out.

In the Transport Watch column in the Gazette of October 3, you report that "Ealing Council is urging other authorities likely to benefit from the introduction of Crossrail to form a united voice to ensure that west London gains maximum benefit from the project".

In the same week it was reported that Hammersmith and Fulham Council has contributed £7m towards the new station at Imperial Wharf on the West London Line from Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction.

This council also contributed money to the building of a new Shepherd's Bush station on the same line, which opened last week.

If Ealing expects maximum benefit from Crossrail, such as a bus station at Ealing Broadway, perhaps it should be telling its taxpayers how much in cash - not some small, overvalued piece of land - it is willing to put up towards the project.

For too long Ealing has failed to get public transport improvements because it will not make cash contributions to almost anything. Now is the time for a change.