Postbag - The root of the problem

I AM more than a little bemused by the unbridled joy expressed by Keith Walters, the Cambridgeshire County Council leader and responsible for the best use of our hard-earned money, over the guided busway plans. Perhaps he might explain to me, a resident

I AM more than a little bemused by the unbridled joy expressed by Keith Walters, the Cambridgeshire County Council leader and responsible for the best use of our hard-earned money, over the guided busway plans. Perhaps he might explain to me, a resident in East Cambs who works in Huntingdonshire, and other local taxpayers what benefits this transport revolution will give us for our money. If my memory serves me well, Huntingdonshire will get the benefit of a full five miles of guided busway - from Fenstanton to St Ives - the rest being buses on roads. If my memory serves me well again, we already have quite a lot of these and, like me in my car, they usually take half-an-hour or more in peak periods to get from St Ives to Huntingdon or back. Does Councillor Walters seriously think this "unguided" guided busway is going to encourage people to abandon their cars, when one bus in a queue is merely replaced by another - or by a heck of a lot more if the passenger projections are to be believed? Does he really believe people are really going to drive on to an upgraded A14 and back off into a congested St Ives or Huntingdon to get on a bus which is going to end up in congested traffic in Cambridge? I'll believe otherwise when Councillor Walters gets a season ticket and uses it daily on his trips from Sawtry to Shire Hall. Sadly, I believe this politically-inspired sop to get money for an A14 upgrade (surely a national issue not a county one, as most of the traffic is passing through) will end up an expensive white elephant, subsidised by local taxpayers for the benefit of politicians' egos. Good news for local residents and taxpayers - where? FRANK CONNOLLY Pear Tree Close Haddenham

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