There has been virtually no satellite or ribbon development on the bypasses. Both counties have a virtual embargo on such development and the ministry has backed them up. Many of the towns freed from continuous heavy through traffic have greatly benefited. Ivybridge has been one of the fastest- developing towns in the country, not only as a commuter suburb of Plymouth but with much industrial development of its own. So much so that last year BR reopened the station there that had been closed for many years.
The benefit in cutting pollution has been equally dramatic. I can now drive from near Truro to Perth, Swansea, Dover or Newcastle in economy fifth gear all the way, instead of grinding through towns having to use first and second gear. Even with the lower car population of 20 years ago I once took 12 hours from London to here, which now takes less than five.
W K Stead