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M25: road to retirement?

I have had the misfortune to travel the western section of the M25 for the last 20 years. The concrete pavement between junctions 16 and 17 gradually deteriorated and was overlaid with asphalt a few years ago.

The asphalt was laid continuously over the longitudinal and transverse concrete joints and, not surprisingly, these soon appeared in the surface and are now deteriorating rapidly and will require a major programme of repair soon.

As I still have another seven years to endure on the M25 I would be interested to know whether the 40% increase in cost to widen this section (Road cost estimates rocket by £1bn in just 12 months – NCE 20 March) includes measures to ensure my drive to retirement is a smooth one.

PETER MALONE (M), Hill House, Lower Village Road, Sunninghill, Berkshire,

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