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Letters to the editor: Issue 466 12 Apr 2007

Why the DfT's road planning procedures force people to take direct action

Stephen Plowden London NW1

Sir David Rowlands, the Permanent Secretary of the DfT, says that even when previous cost underestimates have been corrected, the benefit:cost ratios of schemes in the HA's Targeted Programme of Investments still exceeds two ('Rowlands promises range of costs for HA's trunk road schemes' LTT 29 Mar). He therefore claims that the schemes represent high value for money. There are several reasons why this claim is incorrect.

The point of calculating benefit:cost ratios is to compare schemes with...

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