The police say the Nocton crash was unstoppable (NCE 7 March), but was it? If the abandoned length of road had been removed and the land reinstated with trees, hedge, or fence when the bridge was removed 30 or more years ago, the van would probably not have reached the railway.
All over the countryside abandoned bits of road can be seen, often becoming places for fly tipping. Fortunately they do not usually result in the fatal consequences seen at Nocton.
Roadworks contracts should always include a requirement to reinstate these eyesores and so improve the environment.
I read that Railtrack's solution to the problem is to put large concrete blocks as a barrier.
This may make things safer as a quick fix, but also makes an existing and unnecessary eyesore even worse.
Peter Threlfall, 16 Front St, Grasby, Barnetby, N. Lincs.