British Airways chief Willie Walsh has hit out at a plan put forward by the UK’s Conservative party to scrap plans for a third runway at London Heathrow in favour of a new high-speed rail link.
If the Tories win the next general election, says Conservative shadow secretary of state for transport Theresa Villiers, they will build a high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds instead of providing congested Heathrow with a third runway.
Walsh’s reaction includes the following gems: “The latest idea that a rail link from Leeds and Manchester to Heathrow would be an adequate substitute for a third runway beggars belief”, and “The Conservatives may have an election win. But they must not forget that if they are successful, they will have a country to govern.”
Being a northern lass who lives in London, I’m all for high-speed rail links to my homeland (although my vote would be for one that went to the north east rather than the north west!). However, I can’t really see what this has to do with a third runway at Heathrow. Any thoughts?