Wrong solution to M1 pollution

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From: M Dobson, Feversham Crescent, York.

NO doubt some DfT scientist has worked out the figures but I feel that the imposition of a 60mph speed restriction on a 32 mile stretch of the M1 in South Yorkshire will, in practice, have little effect on air pollution in the area (Yorkshire Post, January 7).

A large proportion of motorway traffic is HGVs which are limited to 60mph anyway so their pollution will not change.

I do not know the figures but I would think that the difference in emissions between 60 and 70mph for cars would be quite small. At 60mph, assuming uninterrupted progress, a vehicle will take approximately four and a half minutes longer to cover the 32 miles than at 70mph. So slightly less pollution for longer. Where is the benefit in the proposal?

Big ask for rail line to re-open

From: Mrs W Abbott, Boulsworth Avenue, Hull.

WHILE I admire the fighting spirit of campaigners in their attempt to persuade Government Ministers to re-open the old Hull to York rail link (Yorkshire Post, January 6), I cannot see this happening in the foreseeable future.

Many railway lines throughout the country ceased to be operational due to the Beeching report of 1965. The principal reason the line closed was because it was under utilised and losing money in the process. The proposal to restore the line is feasible but sadly not practicable.

At an estimated cost of £239m, it would be a difficult task to raise the necessary capital.

Bank on more hungry mouths

From: David Treacher, Nelson Road, Hull.

THERE is a rise in food banks, with more and more pensioners having to use this facility to stay alive and keep well. With the cost of living increasing, people have got not much choice.

It’s eat, heat the home or pay other bills, and often it’s the 
food that has to decrease first, which has to affect the health of the individuals concerned.