What The Papers Say: Heathrow rail link stories follow same old line

The idea of a new high-speed, dedicated rail link between central London and Heathrow is attractive enough to anyone who has had to travel by existing methods, and the proposed 15-minute journey time ensured reasonable coverage.

The idea of a new high-speed, dedicated rail link between central

London and Heathrow is attractive enough to anyone who has had to travel

by existing methods, and the proposed 15-minute journey time ensured

reasonable coverage.



Nevertheless, some articles could only highlight aspects of the story

which fitted the usual preconceptions of rail travel, from the perceived

high expense of tickets, through the late-running of one of the launch

trains, to the threat of industrial action, on a service which will not

even be fully functional until June.



Positive aspects, such as the service’s likely superiority to the

Piccadilly line journey to Heathrow, and the fact that BAA stumped up

the lion’s share of the pounds 440 million cost, went almost

unreported.



It appears some sections of the press are already conditioning their

readers to expect that the service, however fast and efficient in

theory, will suffer from the same combination of high cost,

unreliability and disputes that bedevil the commuter networks.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by The

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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