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Ad shows nub of South East transport problem

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Is it by chance that the Saab advertisement is on the same page as Ed Dorrell's timely article on the South East? Or is it there to help illustrate the nub of the transport problem?

Will these so-called sustainable communities in fact be car-free or will it turn out that developers will be reluctant to build homes in the South East without the requisite parking for two cars per household?

This can mean an additional 400,000 cars in an area where no new main roads are planned and parking in town centres will be 'restrained' in the belief that home owners will leave their cars at home and either walk, cycle or take a bus to their various destinations.

Paradoxically, the new Ebbsfleet station serving the Channel Tunnel Rail Link will have parking for 9,000 cars around it.

Brian Richards, via email

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