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Road block


So, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) wants more road building and thinks that it will be difficult to persuade people to leave their cars (NCE 23 May)? In fact there is very good evidence that people will change their approach to transport given a reasonable alternative.

Any change is hampered by the truth that the overall cost of public transport has gone up faster than the cost of motoring over the last 10 years - even taking into account the fuel price changes.

The CIC philosophy is one of defeat. The Commission for Integrated Transport has identified the danger of more short term road building and the further entrenchment of car dependency.

As an industry we cannot continue living in the dark ages.

We must have the vision and the courage to see an alternative - or we will all end up seeing the 'pleasant environment' of rolling traffic jams, pollution, climate change and destroyed countryside.

Jack Mason, 17 Union Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8RU

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