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Public transport or cycling

PUBLISHED: 12:29 28 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:33 05 July 2010

I AGREE with much of what Ivor Maun (January 11) says but I feel he misses the basic point.

There will always be situations that public transport cannot cover, or at best, will always be difficult journeys.

I AGREE with much of what Ivor Maun (January 11) says but I feel he misses the basic point.

There will always be situations that public transport cannot cover, or at best, will always be difficult journeys. Therefore, we need an efficient road system as well as efficient public transport.

However, continually building roads, creating more congestion, does not create an efficient road system. The best way to make roads more efficient is to encourage public transport use when it is an appropriate alternative.

I generally agree with what Mr Maun says about the state of rail transport in this country compared to others. However, the fact that many trains are overcrowded means that for all the problems people want to use trains. Many of them are people who do drive so we need to encourage more of that thinking.

However, Mr Maun seems to be effectively arguing, albeit perhaps unintentionally, that as the government won't spend on the railways we just have to passively accept more road building and nothing else.

JOHN THOMPSON

Dell Road

Oulton Broad

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