LETTER : Roads to a life of horrible isolation

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Sir: You quote the British Roads Federation ("End of the traffic jam is nigh", 15 April) as fearing a "horrible, cold, isolationist future" when teleworking reduces traffic. Their success in hijacking transport policy towards the car has meant paths, lanes and villages severed by dangerous roads, children who have to be escorted to school through the deadly streets and daily traffic jams of infuriated motorists whose only social interaction seems to be the exchange of insults. If only there were a decent public transport option for those people, if only they could walk or cycle safely.

Nothing could be worse than the horrible isolationist present to which the BRF's lobbying has brought us. My own hope is that a combination of technology and sensible values can deliver a future where the blight of the car has been lifted.

Philip Insall

Bristol

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