Following the wettest 12 months since 1776 (NCE Newstand last week) is it not ironic and sadly typical to find that the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions has no duty to invest in road drainage? The first lesson of road maintenance is surely still 'look after the drainage and the road will will look after itself'. John McAdam (17561836) knew this and probably the Romans long before too.
Why else do we bother with sub-base, drainage filter blankets or California bearing ratios?
Peter Pyves (M), 32 Roden Avenue, Kidderminster, Worcs