Plans to transport these guns to Otterburn Ranges each time they are required, rather than to retain some artillery on site, will produce unacceptable and dangerous road conditions for other motorists, including tourist coaches. Current army convoys have led many tourists to avoid the Tyne and Wear conurbation (including the Metro Centre) by taking the A68 direct to Carter Bar. Those of us who live on Tyneside have to dice with army convoy traffic from the A1 to Byrness at present. The extra weight and size of the new vehicles will bring chaos and danger to those communities through which they pass.
Restoration of the Borders railway to the west is under consideration for commercial traffic, so perhaps Mr Gummer should consider a similar answer to the Otterburn question. This would restore the wonderful Border views seen from these roads to tourists and locals alike, without the need to crawl along at 15mph.
JEAN E FRASER
Newcastle upon TyneReuse content