Your report on my comments (NCE 10 June) at a recent conference exaggerates our view of detrunking. Like many others BRF has real concerns about the detrunking proposals but both my speech and the accompanying news release recognised the benefits it could bring and the near certainty that it will happen. Given this I suggested a number of measures to ensure that trunk road service standards are maintained when these roads pass to local control.
As the article reports, BRF does believe that strong guarantees are needed to ensure adequate funding for the future operation of these roads. We also propose that the detrunked roads would be an ideal place to start, with nationally agreed performance indicators to measure the quality of service provided by the road system. Independent assessment, through the office of a Road Inspector, would be the best way of monitoring the indicators.
These suggestions found substantial support at the conference and BRF will be seeking ways of developing the ideas with national and local government and other interested bodies in the coming months.
Richard Diment, director and chief executive, British Road Federation, Pillar House, 194-202 Old Kent Road, London SE1 5TG