I know of no other country which has come up with the idea of hard shoulder running to ‘augment’ motorway capacity (NCE 24 April).
Hard shoulders were not designed for continuous trafficking, and running cars on them cannot be regarded as a long term congestion solution.
Therefore I can see nothing innovative about the described plans – just another excuse for not making “proper” investments in transport infrastructure.
Similarly, especially with the current increase in food prices, I cannot accept that Britain, with relatively limited food production areas, can in the long term afford to lose valuable agricultural land to “managed retreat”.
The Dutch have shown that there are alternatives, albeit at a cost, and therefore I agree that this is a low investment option which will cost us dearly in future – when it will presumably be too late to reverse the process.
MIKE PAUL, Stuttgart, Germany, Michael.Paul@zueblin.de