I READ with interest Mr Tarlton s idea (Letters, August 19) that the guided bus expenditure should have been used to widen the A14. I wonder if he could explain which part of the A14 should be widened with this funding. It certainly would not be enough to

I READ with interest Mr Tarlton's idea (Letters, August 19) that the guided bus expenditure should have been used to widen the A14. I wonder if he could explain which part of the A14 should be widened with this funding. It certainly would not be enough to widen the whole St Ives to Cambridge section.

He seems also to have forgotten that one of the main reasons for funding the guided bus was to provide for the new development at Northstowe. Without it, the A14 and Huntingdon Road in Cambridge would become gridlocked at busy times.

As someone who regularly commuted to Cambridge on the A14 both by bus and car, I know that the problem is one of unreliability. It only takes one small incident for severe congestion to develop and these seem to happen depressingly frequently. A 30-minute journey can turn into one that takes an hour or more. It would not matter if the road were widened to three or four lanes: this problem would continue.

JOHN HOLMES

Waveney Road

St Ives