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Into the space age

Nick Davies' letter (NCE 21 November) highlights a major contradiction between current transport and planning policies.

I too have to be at my local rail station by 08.00 to get a parking space, even if I do not need to travel to London that early.

Many planning politicians and officers seem to overlook the key issue that a successful shift to public transport places greater pressures on the facilities at stations, which, once away from city centres, rely on a car journey for rail access.

This implies additional parking provision in suburban and rural locations, but such proposals meet with strong resistance on greenbelt and rural sustainability grounds.

In the past two years I have had to drive more often to London than ever before due to the lack of available station parking. An apparently willing train operator is stopped from providing more because planning agreement could not be obtained.

Yet at any meeting to discuss modal studies, guided bus, light rail or renewed rail services, a silence can be guaranteed from the officials present to the question 'Is there agreement to the necessary park and ride arrangements at the proposed stations?'

Richard Lambert (F), 17 Castle Gardens, Kimbolton, Cambs, PE28 0JE

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