At present the A40 London to Fishguard trunk road carries 30,000- 40,000 vehicles per day through suburban Oxford, creating accident black spots and totally disrupting local traffic. There have been seven fatalities in the past two years on the couple of miles of the A40 to be bypassed. It is universally agreed that 'something must be done', and in 27 years no viable alternative to the bypass has emerged.
It is worth noting that the route for the bypass was agreed in 1987 by the Department of Transport, the Oxford city and county councils, and practically everyone else. In March this year the department published the detailed plans.
It is perfectly reasonable to criticise the details. It is quite unreasonable to object to the bypass as such, or to seek to delay the construction of a road that those in the affected areas very much want.
N. W. TANNER