BREATHE East (Hounslow) was officially launched on October 30, as reported in the Chronicle (November 6).
An aim stated at the meeting is to help people with respiratory problems to lead as normal a life as possible. Access to public transport is a vital part of this. It is therefore disappointing to learn that plans for step-free access at Osterley station have been deferred.
I have recently been in touch with Transport for London (TfL) about a lift at Hatton Cross station, given its two flights of steep stairs. It is well used by residents in the west of the borough, namely Feltham and Bedfont, with good connections by bus.
Many passengers, given its proximity to the airport, struggle with their heavy luggage up the steps, never mind those in wheelchairs or with prams.
People with coronary and pulmonary problems also have difficulty in climbing the stairs.
The response from TfL was that the benefit of a lift at Hatton Cross had already been identified but that resources did not permit construction at this time. I urged TfL to keep a marker down for a lift or escalators at this busy station.
The website is www.tfl.gov.uk for those wishing to lobby on this, or any other transport-related issue.
LIZ MAMMATT Engleheart Drive