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How brief dual dream?
COUN ANDY D’AGORNE rightly points out (Letters, October 10) that widening roads is ultimately self-defeating.
The additional journeys this generates are well known to transport planners as “induced demand”. They add significantly to existing journeys along a road, plus those which voluntarily divert from other roads. Within a few years, this can account for some 20 per cent of all trips on a widened road.
The last prospective source of funds for dualling the A1237 was the now-abolished Yorkshire & Humber Regional Transport Board, which dished out Whitehall funding for transport schemes, road, rail and air.
The A1237 was way down its priority list, simply because it was calculated that long-term induced and diverted travel would combine to clog the widened road within a few years.
A peak-time journey along a dualled A1237 would then only save a few minutes.
Politicians who court electoral popularity by supporting A1237 dualling must publicly address the question of how many, or more appropriately how few years it would be, until the widened road would become as congested as the existing one.
A fraction of the cost involved would significantly improve local rail and bus services, and encourage greater take-up of sustainable travel choices.
Paul Hepworth, Windmill Rise, York.
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