As somebody who regularly travels to work along the M42, I read with interest your article regarding fears of congestion following the opening of the new M6 Toll road (NCE 11/25 December).
I was disappointed to find that during its first week of opening the new motorway has caused considerable disruption to the M42 adding around 20 minutes to my journey each morning. This is despite the fact that very little traffic appears to be using the new road.
I can only conclude that allowing for 15 years of increases in traffic this situation will only get worse. I was also of the understanding that the new road had been designed for a 50 year period. Is this not the case for the M42 section?
The M42, previously a busy three lane motorway, has been reduced to two lanes at best with a section being effectively reduced to one lane where the motorway merges with the toll road. I am amazed that the construction of a private road can be allowed to have such a detrimental effect on the existing motorway network.
Should I assume that the cost of the remedial work to the M42 that is now required will be borne by the taxpayer?
James Mallender (G), project manager, James. mallender@ environment-agency. gov. uk