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It is all very well for NCE to publish editorials (NCE 1 February) encouraging civil engineers to embrace sustainability and help address climate change. But is Antony Oliver really going to bite the bullet and tell his readership that they should have nothing to do with environmentally disastrous projects such as the expansion of Stansted Airport?

This project is part of the wider programme to expand UK aviation in line with the 2003 government White Paper.

It is widely expected that the resultant increase in CO 2 emissions will negate all the savings projected for other areas.

The involvement of civil engineers might be excusable if there were no alternative to expanding aviation. But this is not the case.

A sensibly designed, sensibly priced UK high-speed rail system, linking to the European network, could eliminate the need for most domestic and short-haul aviation. The challenge for civil engineers is to make this vision a reality.

Colin Elliff (M), gsmelliff@btopenworld. com

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