Halting or drastically reducing road building as part of a "greener" transport policy will not help the environment, but it will increase congestion and add to air pollution.
Buying and using cars is a sign of a buoyant economy. But, of course, more vehicles can mean more traffic congestion. This is why the roads programme need continual and consistent investment - there are 600 bypasses yet to be built, and many of our existing motorways need upgrading.
Every motorist in Britain should try to motor less to reduce congestion and pollution. But before they can do this, adequate alternatives - such as a safe, reliable and cheap public transport system, including better bus provision and improved facilitiesfor cyclists - must be put into place.
Yours faithfully, SIMON DYER Director General Automobile Association Basingstoke, Hampshire 20 December