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I am surprised that Nick Jones is prepared to show his ignorance.

DETR statistics show that between 1988 and 1997 the rate of death on roads was 4 per billion passenger kilometres, and that for rail was 0.7 per billion passenger kilometres. Rail travel is nearly six times safer than road travel.

Car designers include all the safety features listed by Mr Jones because road travel is unsafe. Rail carriages do not need these safety devices.

David Mason (M), 161 Marlborough Road, Old Town, Swindon, SN3 1NJ.

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