NOT to connect the proposed high-speed rail network directly to Heathrow would be another major missed infrastructure opportunity for this country (High-speed rail special report, Gazette, March 17).
We now have a chance to build a modern, multi-modal transport hub, which would significantly boost London's business competitiveness and accessibility.
It is not rocket science to understand the travel efficiencies inherent in taking passengers via the airport, rather than having them traipse from one connection to another with baggage in hand.
It is a mystery why we struggle in the UK with the idea of integrated transport planning. Rail and air (and road) are not competing transport systems, but complementary elements in what should be a comprehensive, multi-faceted network. Our competitors in Europe and elsewhere don't seem to suffer from this mental block.
Demand for air travel will continue to grow and we need to build on recent achievements and significant investments at Heathrow with a third runway and high-speed rail link. Our challenge is to offer business and leisure travellers a better experience and protect the UK's competitive advantage. Not servicing Heathrow directly by the high-speed rail would be to fail.
Chief executive West London Business