All of us to the south of London are aware that the southern section of the M25 is frequently log-jammed and is close to saturation.
With appalling rail connections at Gatwick it means that most passengers leave Gatwick by car, and use the M25.
If the number of passengers at Gatwick more than doubles with the building of a second runway, the M25,and it’s current users, will suffer intolerably.
The CEO of Gatwick, Stuart Wingate, is loudly pontificating that the second runway will require no tax payers money. That is absolute rubbish. The increase in traffic on the M25 will necessitate the building of the “M35” to the south of Crawley probably round to the M4 in the Reading area. This would have a disastrous effect on our countryside, and cost a fortune.
My own excellent MP, Henry Smith, has to sit on the fence with regard to the runway decision. But in communications with him he agrees that the “M35” is “inevitable, in the event of expansion at Gatwick”.
May I suggest that you question Stuart Wingate on the prospect of the “M35”, due to his enlarged airport and how much he intends to contribute to the new motorway, and compensate all the communities in such a large area. He obviously expects the tax payer to pick up the bill for his plans!
The argument to expand Heathrow has to centre on the better transport communications available to the west of London.
Heathrow must be the decision to save the Sussex and Hampshire countryside.
Anthony West-Padgett, Worth
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