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Dualling would do nothing for traffic
PHILIP ROE’S contention that overall traffic flow would be improved by dualling the remainder of York ring road (Letters October 18) is as bizarre as his denial of global warming.
As we have seen from the millions spent on such road schemes as the extension of Hopgrove roundabout, merely speeding ever more cars to ever worsening gridlock is pointless.
Successive UK governments have scarred this once “green and pleasant land” with hundreds of thousands of miles of ever widening roads creating, in the process, a population that sees the overuse of their cars as a human right, rushing them to car-choked cities where they are obliged to ‘park and ride’ on buses that would have served their whole journey.
If any future UK government were capable of putting logic before popularity, then fuel and car tax would quadruple while public transport would be free at the point of delivery. Then could begin the removal of the excess tarmac and concrete which so disfigures and pollutes the planet and every aspect of life upon it.
Roger Westmoreland, The Oval, Pocklington.
• PHILIP ROE can be relied on not to let facts stand in the way of a good anti-environmentalist rant.
One thing he may be interested to learn is that the total distance driven each year in the UK is now reducing, and fewer younger people are choosing to drive.
This is great news, but, like Mr Roe, the Department for Transport seems to find it hard to accept.
Their forecasts for traffic growth have been consistently far off the mark for decades, which has meant huge wastages of money on road schemes.
This is not a national trend I would be proud for York to buck, however temporarily. Dualling the ring road is a very bad idea. In the short term it will induce more car travel; in the long term it will be pointless.
Where he may be right, though, is when he says that this Government doesn’t care one jot about global warming. It must be terribly helpful to them that people such as Mr Roe can be so easily persuaded to doubt the warnings from the global scientific community.
Richard Lane, Frances Street, York.
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