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Letter: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Good intentions; LETTERS to the EDITOR.

DAVE BRAYSHAW'S letter read like a lawyer's apologia for Merseytravel.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and to spend pounds 55m of what is de facto, if not dejure, public money "in good faith" must be the ultimate good intention.

At least the investor(s) in the Grosvenor development are spending their own money, cognisant of the risks involved. I hope that Mr Brayshaw lives outside the area whose ratepayers are inheriting this liability.

Because the Transport and Works Act which authorised the construction of the tramway (but not its finances) remains in force for the next five years, irrespective of whether the tram goes ahead, it effectively blights the area affected by the tramway works.

Public utilities and developers must design, and execute their works, as if the tram were to go ahead. This inevitably has a cost implication, which will be picked up by their customers or shareholders.

The sudden revelation from Merseytravel that Liverpool will become gridlocked because the tram won't happen smacks of sour grapes.

Or am I being cynical?

Chris Tigwell, via email
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Feb 13, 2006
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