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Well done to Antony Oliver for making the point that it is the 'killer arguments' that should make the government sit up and listen when it comes to transport policy, not wish lists (NCE 5 February).

I believe the real issue to be one of how the Institution can influence the government to further develop sustainable forms of transport, without damaging the competitiveness of our country in the international market place.

The demand for travel is insatiable. The only sustainable solution I can see is to reduce our dependence on heavily polluting forms of transport by moving to rail. We should build no more roads or runways and find better ways of managing the demand for travel in the first instance, instead of simply accepting it.

Alistair Darling failed to grasp the real meaning of sustainable transport in his recent Aviation White Paper.

Increases in air travel over the next 10 years that are encouraged by this White Paper will alone more than wipe out any benefits gained from adopting renewable sources of energy.

The Institution needs to adopt a responsible, high profile position, recognising that cars and aeroplanes are not the answers so that real progress can be made with rail in the government's 10 year plan for transport.

David J Knowles, 33 Woodrow Crescent, Knowle, Solihull B93 9EF

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