Letters - Questions of hypermobility

Your Leader was right to argue that the most pressing task for the government's latest transport adviser, British Airways's Rod Eddington, to deal with should be the question of hypermobility. But the indications are he is the wrong man to do this. On being appointed, Eddington said: "If we don't intelligently build infrastructure then we diminish people's lives . . . A more mobile world will also be a more stable world." His blueprint is likely to consist of more roads, runways and super-fast trains. I suspect that Eddington is the one man who will never be parted from his BA baggage.

John Stewart
Chair, Transport 2000
London SW9

While I echo the applause of your Leader for Alistair Darling's proposals, they won't work without changes to attitudes. Amenity-free new-build housing developments require car ownership; out-of-town shopping centres don't value the custom of those of us who lack car boots to cram with consumables; and well-remunerated employment opportunities are few for those unable to chase them halfway across the country.

Adrian Fry
Swindon, Wiltshire

This article first appeared in the 20 June 2005 issue of the New Statesman, Latin America rises up