Rail work needed

SIDE by side in The Hunts Post (December 12) were two articles. One noted that collisions on the A14 have more than halved since the introduction of speed cameras. The other reported on a letter sent by John Bridge, chief executive of the Cambridgeshire

SIDE by side in The Hunts Post (December 12) were two articles. One noted that collisions on the A14 have more than halved since the introduction of speed cameras.

The other reported on a letter sent by John Bridge, chief executive of the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, where he continues to beat the road lobby drum about "escalating magnitude of incidents" on the A14. Is this the same John Bridge whose previous manifestation was as national chairman of the Road Haulage Association?

While members of the road lobby are fairly up-front with their intentions to promote their industry and build more and more roads, a lot less attention is given to the alternative of upgrading the existing rail infrastructure to provide an alternative means of carrying heavy freight across the country, and through our region in particular. This can be done at a fraction of the cost and, instead of burying our countryside under concrete in more six and eight-lane highways, can be achieved largely by improvements to existing lines.

As an Offord resident, I would suffer some of the inconvenience of more freight traffic on the East Coast Main Line, but I would urge readers to contemplate where the lumbering road lobby will lead us next.

GRAHAM SHERLOCK

High Street

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