I read with great concern the article Congestion studies back 14 lane 'mega motorways'.
You referred to work being undertaken by Oscar Faber on the London to South Midlands Multi-Modal Study which 'is likely to recommend dual five lanes from J11 on the M1 south to the M25 and dual four lanes initially from J11 towards Birmingham.'
The study is not due to report until the end of 2002 and at this stage there are no detailed recommendations. The next milestone will be the presentation of an overarching draft strategy to our steering group in February 2002.
Thereafter, more detailed studies will investigate and confirm how the strategy can be implemented before finalising the study in Autumn 2002.
I can categorically confirm, therefore, that your suggested 'likely outcome' for the study is completely without substance.
Howard Blessington, director, Oscar Faber, Beaufort House, 94/96 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 1PB