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Marginal utilities


I have just returned from a week- long car tour of Brittany, mostly on secondary and tertiary roads with low traffic volumes. I was most impressed by their good quality. The verges were well kept and invariably edged with a ditch.

The asphalt was smooth and not disturbed by utility trench reinstatements, and frequent full width resurfacing was in evidence. Compare that to the situation in my area of East Surrey and West Kent, where constant utility trenching and other pothole and sinking ironwork reinstatements have resulted in a very poor ride quality.

Verges and ditches are often not there, causing further asphalt edge distress.

Surely if France with its much greater length of such roads can afford such good quality maintenance, then Britain should also.

Now that farming land is in good supply, perhaps we should be improving our verge widths and ditches? This would then also enable new utility trenches to be in the verge and not damaging the asphalt.

John M Roe (M), john.roe2@virgin. net

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