You report that the residents of Cliff Vale housing estate in Stoke-on-Trent are to be rehoused because of excessive pollution from the adjacent A500 trunk road (NCE 12 July).
You also say that other urban areas in Britain will soon face the same problem.
A more sensible and sustainable solution would be to reduce traffic on adjacent roads. Parliament has already passed two traffic reduction acts which the government has been happily ignoring.
In the case of Cliff Vale, it would be appropriate to make the adjacent road into a toll road. In other cases, the traffic might be restricted to buses and bicycles, or vehicles not using fossil fuels.
It is hoped that our new, nondriving, secretary of state for transport will grasp the nettle by providing attractive alternatives to using cars.
DHT Smith, Thursfield Smith Consultancy, 25 Grange Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 9DG