I read with interest 'Road upgrades cheaper under new style contracts, says SO' (NCE 24 June). The article indicates cost savings of £500,000/km can be produced. This was established across 10 contracts on the upgrading of the A74 to motorway standards. Were these savings to the detriment of the road construction and types of road surface?
I travel on numerous motorways and the one I dread most is the M74, especially the section that was opened this spring. The road is very smooth and even 15-20 minutes after rain has ceased there is still a film of water on the surface, certainly enough to aquaplane in a sudden stop. I dread to think what the surface of the motorway will be like in the winter time in frosty conditions, the film of water will freeze over in 15-20 minutes.
Lewis J Patterson, Lewis.Patterson@akermar.com