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Roads are for driving on

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Of course better roads generate traffic (NCE 11 November). That is what they are for! They shorten journey times, and then they allow us to perform more journeys. What part of this do the critics of the road programmes fail to understand?

Road pricing is only attractive to Stalinist planners, and to those who want to sell the technology to ambitious politicians. I accept that uniform travel opportunity for all is an impossible dream. However, I think it wrong that we should further impoverish the poor just because we don't consider their travel needs to be as important as our own.

Road pricing won't work. It will just increase taxation, and further reduce civil liberties. Any extra source of tax relieves the budgetary burden elsewhere. Doesn't anyone else remember how we were once told that parking meter revenue would pay for lots of off-street car parks?

If we want to make public transport more attractive, we must make it flexible enough and cheap enough to compete (where appropriate) on its own merits.

Meanwhile, let's have the Hindhead Bypass over the Devil's Punchbowl.

Look at the cover of NCE, 11 November, for an idea! David Cooper (M), dic@flintneill.co.uk

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