Airport could still be used
It is with sadness that I read of the closure of Filton Airfield this week. It appears the option to develop the site may have been lost some time ago.
However the argument appears to revolve around the current owners making money for their shareholders rather than the fact that this site, with one of the longest runways in the country, quite uniquely offers excellent potential as both a freight and transport passenger hub for the West Country and beyond.
As a Bath resident, I was not surprised to read that nearly 75 per cent of the West Country residents currently prefer to use out of region airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick etc. This must partly reflect on the current location of Bristol Airport as being so inaccessible it cannot surely justify any further development.
So what would Filton offer?
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Close and easy access at the cross roads of two major motorways, fast rail links to two capital cities with London being less than an hour and a half away – even before electrification. This latter aspect must support the case for not building another runway at Heathrow. Access to regular coach routes as part of the national network and a larger catchment population than Lulsgate.
The ease of access must score highly for any of the green options – for me either using a car/taxi to Lulsgate or combined bus/rail/coach is neither cost effective nor convenient. So, with the unique geographic advantages Filton has to offer, it should not be difficult to develop a business case to support it as part of the West Country and national infrastructure.
NEIL HACKETT Southdown, Bath