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Your article on BAA's new air traffic control tower at Edinburgh (NCE last week) includes passenger traffic predictions for the next 25 years which prompt the question: How will passengers get to and from the airport?

Current arrangements are inadequate and appear likely to get worse. The city council's road traffic proposals have been rejected by the local electorate in a recent referendum.

BAA's prediction is that air passenger numbers will more than triple over the next 25 years. Those of us who travel south across the Forth to the airport are told the answer lies in a new road bridge.

The fact that there has never been more than four lanes of traffic on the existing six lane bridge puts the lie to that answer. Roads are what is needed; not a new bridge, not higher bridge tolls, not more bus lanes.

Tom Burke (M), mining consultant TomBurke@mctb. fsnet. co. uk

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