The penalty for cancellation is a bargain at pounds 30m in comparison with the huge and continuous environmental costs and the increase in congestion. On the BNRR itself traffic jams will be not long delayed; they will first be manifest at the toll booths.
A "route of the first importance" in and near Birmingham is not a road, it is the West Coast main line. The pounds 370m cost of the BNRR should, after cancellation, be hypothecated by the Treasury for the improvement of rail freight terminals, rolling stock, and trackage in the West Midlands.
Professor GEORGE HUXLEY
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