Letter to Wokingham Times, published on 15th March 2006:
'Taking gridlock debate online'
NOTE: This was not intended for publication, but nevertheless it appeared in print.
It was written to provide background information for a possible news article.
With reference to my letter entitled:
'We need a permanent answer to gridlock on our roads'
- the web-site is now up and running. I haven't been able to refine the 'Contact Us' page, so I 'm hoping that someone with the appropriate skills will join the organisation!
I have conducted some research at the Local Studies Library, and found several articles on the decision to remove the Ashridge Interchange from the A329(M) project. The propsed design was an absolute stinker - and I would most likely have been a member of the M4 Action Group had I lived in the area at the time.
It would have had a dual carriageway link through 'Glebelands' to the very edge of the Town Centre, which would have been totally out of proportion.
Remember - at this time (1970), central London was threatened with a 'Motorway Box', of which only the section from Shepherds Bush to Marylebone was approved before protests stopped further development. There followed a sea-change in public opinion - and the original Ashridge Interchange design wouldn't stand a chance. However, I believe that we can now put in a solution that meets strict environmental criteria.
to see the newspaper reports.
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