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Treat the cause not the effect of congestion

LETTERS

I was dismayed to read about the expected outcome of the East Midlands multi-modal study (News 31 January) to widen a 20km stretch of the M1.

The comments in NCE and outputs from similar studies suggest that we are reverting to the 'predict and provide' approach which has been discredited in the past.

The fundamental questions are - should we be catering for this increase in demand and what is causing it?

All motorway trips start and finish on local road networks.

One trip on the motorway is likely, therefore, to create two additional urban trips. To cater for a 40% growth in motorway traffic then runs completely counter to the government's objectives of reducing traffic growth in urban areas.

As regards the cause, the figures I have seen show that a phenomenal amount of the traffic on congested motorways comprises trips to and from work and work related trips.

The biggest growth is in commuter trips with people choosing to commute ever increasing distances.

Therefore, shouldn't the real research be directed at social policy? We need to consider the impact of long distance commuting on the individual and family in terms of stress, inconvenience and cost.

There are real quality of life issues at stake here. Let's not perpetuate past mistakes.

Colin Knight (M), Rogues Retreat, Hughley, Shrewsbury SY5 6NT

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