Letter: Why we should hail Swampy and friends as patriotic heroes

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Sir: The under-sheriff of Devon may be right to say that he had no powers to negotiate with the A30 protesters, but he was wrong to call their demand for a new public inquiry into the scheme "totally unacceptable" and "totally unrealistic" (reports, 27, 28 January).

This scheme, the Newbury by-pass, and all the other road-building proposals in the road programme were "justified" by reference to the impossibly high long-term traffic forecasts made in 1989. The Government recently decided to support the Road Traffic Reduction Bill. Logic demands that it should now reassess the whole of its road programme.


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