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True grit


Mr Kent is most helpful in pointing out that I and other motorists stuck on the M11 and A14 last month had only ourselves to blame (NCE 13 February).

In case I question my sanity, only 80mm of snow fell on the final 30km of my journey. A phone call ahead confirmed that the snow had largely ceased by 7pm with the snow clearing and gritting vehicles no doubt fully mobilised.

I expected to arrive in the snow affected zone at around 2am, long after the commuter peak, I had a 4WD vehicle and I selected the traffic warnings override option on the radio.

Yet no further snow fell;

no warning announcements were received on my radio and I had an uneventful journey until reaching the A14 at 3am when we stopped until 8.30am.

I would travel again in similar circumstances, in the expectation that an 80mm fall of snow would not shut the country down. I rely on good old-fashioned British grit.

Gordon Masterton, ICE vice president, Babtie Group, Glasgow, Gordon. masterton@babtie. com

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