Shunts pile up on the slip road

SIR – Regarding the A1(M) filter lane at Letchworth, I agree wholeheartedly with your correspondents regarding the almost impossible angle necessary to turn your head to check for oncoming traffic. I work as a bus driver travelling between Stevenage and L

SIR - Regarding the A1(M) filter lane at Letchworth, I agree wholeheartedly with your correspondents regarding the almost impossible angle necessary to turn your head to check for oncoming traffic.

I work as a bus driver travelling between Stevenage and Letchworth and I get frequent opportunities to observe some of the fiascos that are already taking place at that junction.

Just one small thing though. Do all drivers just check directly in front of themselves unless they are forced to look elsewhere? Playing Devil's Advocate here, I check all around me when approaching that junction especially to my right to see if there is anything coming and thus be forewarned. It does not mean that I do not have to stop but you get a far better idea of what to expect. This is not just in a bus where I have a higher viewpoint but in my car as well. It is not difficult, it is not rocket science, but it is common sense and in every driver's best interest to look after themselves. Let's face it, there is precious little consideration for others on the road these days in Hertfordshire either by other drivers or Hertfordshire Highways.

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SIR - It is true then - John Prescott has got a job, designing slip roads on roundabouts!! 100 per cent accurate description by all of your letter writers. As a biker I now come through Baldock to get home, it's too 'hairy' to use the slip road. And can you believe it, "we'll give it six months to see what problems arise" it doesn't even deserve a comment. Best wishes all of you kamikaze slip road users.

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DICK DOLAN

Station Way

Letchworth GC

SIR - Regarding the slip road at Letchworth Gate, I agree with the points made in this article. It is annoying that so much time and money has been spent on such an ill thought out plan. Why are public institutions so incompetent?

ALISON GREGG

Bursland

Letchworth

SIR - When will the first fatal accident happen at the new Letchworth Gate slip road junction?

I was leaving Letchworth this evening (Sunday), to return to Stevenage and keeping to the centre line when I was confronted by a large van which was leaving the roundabout and having to take evasive action to get round the articulated lorry which was pulling out of the slip road. Thankfully, we missed each other, but only just. Heavy lorries are not known for their rapid acceleration from a standing start and will block the road to any vehicle leaving the roundabout. The only solution that I can see is to extend the traffic light system to include the slip road.

R HARDING

Durham Road

Stevenage

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