You article on the proposed toll road from Birmingham to Manchester (NCE 27 January) warrants comment.
The proposed termination point alongside junction 19 on the M6 is located 25km to the south of Manchester. Before one can connect with the M56, which is now the link to Manchester, it is necessary to journey 6km along the A556, a four lane trunk road.
This is totally unsuited to carry the additional volume of traffic it has been required to do since construction of the M6, not to mention the M56.
Those at the DfT with good memories may recall that in the early nineties they produced an elaborate, and not altogether satisfactory, scheme to construct a motorway link called the A556(M) Improvement (M6 toM56) Unfortunately, after an inquiry the scheme was axed.
If this scheme was considered necessary then, I am sure it, or some more suitable alternative, must be a priority before we embark on another new road which will only serve to exacerbate the existing problems.
JK Briggs (M), johnkenbriggs@onetel. com