The Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (EARL) proposal referred to by Lloyd Roberts (NCE 9 June) offers nothing that would improve the current unsatisfactory roads situation in the Edinburgh area, and cannot be considered a solution to problems brought about by inadequate roads.
Like the majority of its users, I travel to and from Edinburgh airport from a location within 30 miles of the airport.
For this journey, the most suitable mode of transport is the car and I believe that local roads should be such as would allow use of the car.
For the majority of air passengers, EARL would prove to be slower, less convenient and more expensive. And a car would still be needed to get one to and from the rail station. It is roads we need, better roads.
Tom Burke, mining consultant, tomburke@ mctb. fsnet. co. uk