Having recently travelled along the A5, between Corwen and Llangollen in Wales, I was saddened by the primitive road system which exists in that area and which is not untypical of many other parts of the country. As a major route it bears no comparison with the modern highway infrastructure enjoyed by our European counterparts and is a disgrace to a modern, civilised, 21st Century society.
It has become increasingly evident to me that this was one of many examples where the fragmentation of the engineering profession has prevented engineers from influencing public opinion and contributing to the debate on the strategic direction of our nation.
Hopefully the proposals to integrate our profession will give professional engineers the ear and respect of the politicians and the public, in the generation of policies to improve the nation's infrastructure, and once again produce the engineering giants, who built the early railways, canals and the first motorways.
Charles Tyrie (F), 16 Wentworth Way, Edwalton, Nottingham, NG12 4DJ