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Highway versus superhighway

I refer to Mr Oliver's comments on roads (NCE 1 May), especially his conviction that 'we must increase the amount we invest in the motorway network'.

Has it not escaped his attention that it costs £1.25 for a litre of diesel, that increasing fuel demands from China and India will force prices ever higher, and that increasing use of crops to feed our cars will cause millions of people starve to death?

Surely investment in very fast broadband is more sustainable, encouraging us to work from home and replacing the madness that is commuter travel. Unfortunately that would not be in the interest of civil engineers, would it?

Paul Shaw, 20 Argyle Way, Dunblane, Perthshire, FK15 9DX

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