What is the true cost of roadworks?
RECENTLY I had occasion to drive from Chalfont St Peter through Gerrards Cross at 9.45 am, but was met at the “Tesco” lights by a queue of 30 vehicles.
It took me six minutes to clear the delay. Returning 45 minutes later the same queue comprised 42 vehicles.
If 30 vehicles are idling for an hour the fuel used is around 35 litres. If this situation occurs 200 times per year, cost of fuel will be about £8,000 with some 1,500kg of CO2 greenhouse gas emitted into the atmosphere.
In the absence of better statistical data these figures may be open to question, but since they represent only one direction for part of one day, it is probably an underestimate of the total cost. Additionally, the delay amounts to some three man-years of wasted time.
Presumably, whoever assesses the economics and cost of alterations to the lights, allows for such disruption.
But if the relevant council does not intend to take any action could they please stand up to be counted and explain why the costs of remedial works exceed the social and environmental costs. BRIAN ISHERWOOD
Chalfont St Peter