North east says links from London to Aberdeen are vital

Air links vital for future – Nestrans

By Shona Gossip

23/08/2011 (Aberdeen Press and Journal)

A north-east transport group will urge the Department for Transport to reconsider
its “one size fits all” approach when evaluating how accessible London is from
other parts of the country.

Regional transport partnership Nestrans has completed a draft response to a consultation
on the future of the UK’s aviation industry, and has suggested Aberdeen will suffer
economically if better links with London are not established and maintained.

The paper states that, although developing high-speed rail links to the UK capital
is “commendable”, cities such as Aberdeen and Inverness will still be too far
away for business people to be reasonably expected to travel by train.

It states that central areas of Scotland, such as Glasgow and Edinburgh, will
benefit from shorter journey times while those in the more “peripheral” areas
will see no reduction