I second your opinion and some mode of transport (other than buses) to airport will definitely make Staines a good proposition for someone to look forward to live into. The bus connections as you said are pretty poor and specially T4, though it is so close to Staines, there is no connection to T4 what so ever. Extending tube to Staines would be the best proposition but i do not know how viable it is and in the context of which i would vote in the favour of extending Heathrow express.
I've been doing some work out at the airport recently and was surprised to discover that going via Stanwell Moor all of the terminals (except 4) are only about 15 minutes drive away. So many people in Staines make their living from the airport, it does seem a bit barmy that there aren't better public transport connections there, and the ones that there are run down the Great South West Road which is a lot longer route than via Stanwell Moor Road.
I agree it would benefit Staines a great deal - and be more effective than a name change - at bringing in business and tourists, as well as helping those who work at the airport or the associated surrounding businesses.
I would also prefer an extension to the underground. Since they're now talking about the possibility of a 'Heathwick' underground train linking Heathrow to Gatwick, how hard would it be to add a stop at Staines?
Thank you both for your interesting replies :) It is amazing when you realise just how close Staines is to the airport and particularly T5 and T4. Like you say, a significant percentage of Spelthorne residents work there or in an airport related job. Which currently means lots of cars clogging Staines streets as the public transport system is not great.
Extending the tube to Staines would be fantastic for business and tourism, not to mention airport commuters. It does seem that having a tube station is somwehat of a positive status symbol. I'm sure many people are put off coming to Staines because it is not on the tube. If the Piccadilly line were to come to Staines, we'd be able to travel an alternative route into central London and beyond. The connections would be fantastic compared to Waterloo.
Extending the Heathrow Express to Staines (as proposed in the Airtrack scheme) would also be of huge benefit to the town. We would have a fast and direct link to the airport and Paddington, with all its connections.
I'd be in favour of either happening to be honest, though I have always wished to have a tube line come to Staines. The traffic is getting worse each year and air pollution in Spelthorne is regularly at some of the worst levels in the UK. Something needs to be done! Perhaps including Spelthorne in zone 6? Or expanding the London Travel Zones to zone 7 or 8? It does sometimes seem that because we are just outside London, we may as well be in the Outer Hebrides where public transport is concerned!!
You know, it seems inconceivable and yet tubes do run out as far as Rickmansworth and Hillingdon which we are virtually level with. The T5 tube stop is literally parallel with Staines at the Crooked Billet, and by my reckoning just 4km as the crow flies to that roundabout, less than 5km to Staines station.
The problem is, who would pay for it? I can't see TfL or the GLA being convinced to stump up the cash. We are quite a small borough, with not a massive population, and what could be argued to be good transport links to London and the motorways, so whilst it would be hugely beneficial to us, on a pound per person directly benefited ratio, I think we'd have trouble making our case. Unfortunately. :o(
Yes, places like Rickmansworth, Amersham and Uxbridge are all the same distance or further from central London yet have tube lines. The distance from T5 to Staines is a couple of miles as you say! Surely it wouldn't cost that much to extend a line that distance? Maybe we should try to find out if people want this and start a petition!