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Social issues at stake


The responses to 'The Question' regarding congestion charging (NCE 7 March) are surely a poor representation of the travelling members of our profession.

Most people live in urban areas and travel relatively short distances at or about the same time as every one else.

Congestion charging enforced before the provision of suitable alternatives will lead to more flexible travelling patterns within the same rigid working arrangements.

Many more people will spend longer away from their homes in an attempt to travel more cheaply and in increased comfort. Have the backers of congestion charging considered the detrimental effect on family life and the other social issues.

If we continue to use our cars, we would be better improving roads into central works areas. This could encourage car sharing for people who live close to each other and work close to each other.

Rupert Shingleton (M), Highfield Barn, Fore Street, Holbeton, Devon PL8 1NE

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