Rail link to airport would help cut pollution
Having read all the opinions on the airport expansion in the media, it seems the main concern is pollution.
As well as aircraft pollution, a large problem is the pollution and congestion caused by the extra car journeys to and from the airport. There is no doubt the existing road networks struggle to cope, and more car parking space is required.
As the airport seems to have plenty of cash to throw at making the airport bigger, why not fund a dedicated rail link? This could branch off of the main line around the Flax Bourton area, giving a direct rail link to Temple Meads and beyond. This would surely win favour with local residents fed up with heavy traffic, cut pollution considerably, and also win favour with local councils. There is also a huge benefit of extra passengers, attracted by hassle free access to the airport by direct train and no parking costs.
To compete with other airports, Bristol must at least look at a rail link especially when fuel emissions are so high on the agenda and access to and from are key factors to passengers.
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