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Accentuate the positive


I read with interest the article relating the government's move to put much needed and substantial funds into our dilapidated railway system (NCE 15 July).

I note the emphasis of the article is on the apparently removed funding from the roads budget rather than the increased commitment to railway infrastructure - maintaining increased public expenditure within transportation. I wondered if our engineering profession should be seen to positively welcome and encourage this commitment rather than invite criticism from the roads lobby.

We criticise the government for using positive spin, and yet the media regularly use negative spin and, from my perspective, incite malcontent.

NCE is the voice of the civil engineering profession and has a duty to act in the profession's best interests. I hope that in future articles, a better degree of balance is offered on politicised features.

Myles Kidd, transportation consultant,

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