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New roads need to be wider

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It was interesting to note the large number of proposed bypasses in the Government system for construction over the next few years. How many of these I wonder, will be built to a 7.3 m width?

No new trunk road should ideally be constructed to less than dual carriageway standard, or at the very least to a single 11m width. Considering the increase in road traffic over the past few years and the corresponding increase in the size of HGVs that these new roads are expected to accommodate, it is both folly, and a waste of taxpayers' money to do otherwise.

It is almost impossible to overtake a slower vehicle at any time of the day on any 7.3m wide trunk road and, with a priority on safety, it is essential that new roads afford the opportunity to do so.

Once built, and with a generous amount of planting, the benefits of a better standard of highway will be obvious to all.

Alan Braund (M) alan. braund@fairfordsite.com

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