It is too early to start gushing

Before people start gushing with admiration for the new road, let them realise that the road opened at a relatively quiet time of the year and with the schools on holiday.

Wait until people are back at work and school, works traffic begins and the industrial estates and houses are filled.

I am surprised that people believe you can destroy an ancient, well established habitat and restore it by simply replanting a few trees and digging a couple of ponds.

That ecosystem will probably never recover to its original state.

I am also surprised that people believe that the added cost was due to the protestors.

ESCC said the protests cost around £772,483 (i.e. 0.64 per cent), about the same as spent on the opening ceremony I’ll bet. There will always be added costs, do you think the developers would get the contract if they were honest with the costs when the tenders were submitted?

We are told that the delay was caused by wet weather which will increase with climate change added to by the increase in traffic the new road and new housing will promote.

So, all in all, a waste of money despite the floundering attempts to justify what the DfT dubbed poor value for money.

Tony Ashby

College Road


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