Like many others, I enjoyed Mike Chrimes' article outlining the work of our Victorian predecessors in the utility industry (NCE 7 December 2006).
What incensed me was his insinuation that utilities today are responsible for much traffic disruption.
Firstly, if he were to check with NJUG, he would find that contrary to the belief of politicians and the media, the utilities are responsible for less than 10% of the disruption caused to trafc.
Secondly, it has to be remembered that highways are the vehicle for the delivery of the utility services on which we all depend. They are not just for cars.
Thirdly, the public and media are urging us to do more to maintain our infrastructure, not less!
The engineering profession should recognise that many of its members work for utilities and should support our efforts, not repeat the uninformed and inaccurate criticisms of the media!
Andy Neve, technical director, A.Neve@ portsmouthwater. co. uk