Sir: If only the traffic situation at Newbury and the remedies were as simple as Danny Penman's story made out (Section Two; "On the road to war", 9 January).
Newbury suffers by being a crossroads town, which is bisected east-west by the Paddington-Penzance railway, and right at its centre by the Kennet river. There is no free way of crossing the Kennet. The old road is single- lane, traffic-light-controlled, over a historic, weight-restricted bridge. There is another one-way, single-lane, weight-restricted bridge, and there is the A34, cluttered with traffic lights and roundabouts. You can, if you wish, try a fourth bridge, about two miles away, near Thatcham. But the only river crossing in the district capable of carrying a full load of traffic is that of the A34.
A question never addressed by those who maintain that our problems can all be solved by traffic management is what happens to the 50,000 vehicles a day at present on the A34 while any one of the various schemes, tunnels, double-deckers, roads, etc are being built? Take a look at the map; there are no bridges and roads for it to use. Perhaps we build a bypass?
Meanwhile, we residents of Newbury have the noise, pollution and disruption caused by the A34's traffic, and people using the road suffer the misery of its delays and hazards.
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