Times’ letters: Amy Johnson inspires and local transport

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 December 2018

Mural honouring Amy Johnson's life at Cricklewood Station. Picture: KEVIN LAKE

Mural honouring Amy Johnson's life at Cricklewood Station. Picture: KEVIN LAKE


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times’ readers this week.

Amy’s story can inspire

Philip Grant, Brent, full address supplied, writes:

Thank you for the photograph and article about the mural at Cricklewood Station honouring Amy Johnson.

Her story inspired my late mother in the 1930s, and should still be an inspiration to young women, and young men, today.

Even though the building carries a blue plaque to her, it is not correct that she lived for 14 years at Vernon Court, Hendon Way.

She only moved to a flat there after her famous solo flight to Australia in 1930.

Amy Johnson had previously lived at Roe Green in Kingsbury, where she learned to fly, and to become Britain’s first qualified female air mechanic, at Stag Lane Aerodrome.

Readers can explore her story in an illustrated article, “Amy Johnson - Flying From Kingsbury”, which is available on the Brent Archives website at: Just click on the ‘local history articles’ link from the home page, and you will find Amy in the “People” section of the menu.

When will we get better service?

Trevor Ellis, Wembley, full address supplied, writes:

I believe a combination of poor quality buses and roads makes the 297 bus route from Pound Lane, Willesden to Ealing Broadway station extremely uncomfortable for me.

First and foremost, the quality of the buses provided by Metroline travel Ltd leave much to be desired and investment in new high quality buses is needed.

The quality of Brent’s roads are also very poor because lack of investment from Highways England for pot hole repairs.

When will the public get a service that matches the price they pay to use it?

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