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Missing link

A letter in NCE last week bemoans the failure to integrate the West Coast main line with the various motorways it crosses, a view with which I sympathise, but with old existing alignments this would doubtless be expensive to achieve.

Perhaps a more obvious failure to achieve integrated transport exists on the still unfinished CTRL. This line has spare capacity, presumably never to be utilised. It passes directly under the M2 between Chatham and Maidstone. The M20 is 5km away, with a good road connection. The population in this area is large, with poor railway connections to London.

The M2 was being upgraded concurrently with the construction of the CTRL, so why was no station built at this point?

With good access, car parks and, doubtless, packed trains, we would begin to get some return on the great capital investment. No, if in the future you hear the words ' integrated transport', do not prick up your ears with interest. Waste not your time, you will only be disappointed.

MandKBowman@aol. com

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