I agree with Steve Turner's comments about the patchwork quality of Belgian motorways (NCE 13 July). However, it is still quicker and safer for me to drive from Maidstone to Brussels than to get to my head office in Barnsley, even including shuttle transit time.
The traffic volume means any roadworks keep traffic flowing rather than getting stuck in the static bunches so common on the M25. You hardly notice the freight trains criss-crossing the continent, leaving the Norbert Dentressangles to head for the highways of Kent. Filling up with cheaper diesel at Calais, of course, on the way over.
Mike Summersgill (M), m. email@example.com