Expansion posers

I READ your enthusiastic endorsement (May 17) of the plans for the expansion of Huntingdon if the A14 viaduct next to the railway station is demolished. It all seems very exciting but appears to ignore some important questions. What will happen to the 21

I READ your enthusiastic endorsement (May 17) of the plans for the expansion of Huntingdon if the A14 viaduct next to the railway station is demolished. It all seems very exciting but appears to ignore some important questions.

What will happen to the 21,000 daily movements that the highways authority forecast in the CHUMMS proposal for the routes through the town when the A14 is closed? Will they all have to travel via the new Spittals link through to the new Common Link via Brampton Road?

If so, how will the already busy and important Brampton Road be able to cope? It is the main route for traffic from all directions to Hinchingbrooke Hospital and its A&E department, Hinchingbrooke School, the present police and fire HQs and, of course, the main line railway station.

The mind boggles at thought of the possible traffic jams and consequential delays. It's already bad enough at peak periods.

What will be the effect on the environment of all of these slow moving and frequently stationary motor vehicles?

According to the highways authority the proposed west of town centre link would still be possible even if the viaduct and A14 are retained.

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Will the county council really be willing to pay for the proposed new roads when they already appear to have problems maintaining the existing roads throughout the county? Or will we have to rely on Section 106 agreements? At what cost?

Is it really considered sensible or feasible to divert the road from Mill Common through the station car park to Brampton Road?

TERRY HAYWARD, Buckden

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