I WOULD like to respond to the comments by Phil Glasgow with regard to the new proposed express service (Not everyone wants village on bus route, Harefield Gazette, February 3).
I believe Mr Glasgow's comments to be extremely out of touch with the needs of the village and its residents.
This was obvious with the comment, ' two routes giving an average daytime interval of 10 minutes to Uxbridge'.
I think you will find, Mr Glasgow, they run approximately every 20 minutes from Uxbridge station.
As for the observation that the buses are mostly empty ones during the middle of the day, when was the last time this gentleman travelled at midday, or indeed at all?
This week I had occasion to use the U9 bus at 1pm on Wednesday, and again on Friday at noon, and on both occasions on leaving Uxbridge they were full.
Buses are standing room only at 8am and again at 5pm, and this can be verified by all the workers from Harefield Hospital and passengers picked up through the village.
Of course the buses are going to be empty ones if they are nearing the end of their journeys - obvious really.
On the subject of the hospital, many of the staff travel from outside Harefield to come to work there, some having to get sometimes three buses or trains to get home.
Relatives and friends travel from far and wide to visit patients, and patients themselves have to travel from the other side of the borough for treatment. Surely one bus to do the journey would be a real relief to these people?
To miss out both Harefield Hospital and Mount Vernon Hospital is a joke.
Mount Vernon's staff and patients need the same consideration as Hillingdon's. They are just as important, if not more so, because they are not so accessible.
Harefield Academy also has pupils who have to travel quite some distances and use public transport and change buses to get there.
If the bus stopped outside the academy it would relieve their journey a great deal as well. Also it would make life a great deal easier for pupils who use the after-school clubs, and members of the public using all the facilities, such as evening classes.
We are not looking to link Harefield with 'everywhere' else in west London, just Hillingdon borough.
We pay the same taxes as the rest of the borough - why can we not be included in the plans?
With regard to congestion in the High Street, I think, Mr Glasgow, this is mostly attributed to the deliveries to the shops, and not the buses.
And about pollution, surely it would be better to have one bus running an express service to the airport than people using their cars and taxis to get there?
With due respect, Mr Glasgow, you cannot keep Harefield isolated from the rest of the borough or indeed west London, even though you feel we need to.
The people of the village I have recently spoken to have agreed this new bus service would be an asset to the village residents, and would certainly welcome it.
Let's hope Hillingdon Council takes note of the majority of residents' views and at least includes Harefield in the plans for the new service.
Sanctuary Close Harefield