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Maybe something along these tramlines would help.

I AM an advocate of Road Transport and the completion of every planned road network in this area that will bring advantages in commercial activity, housing development and the possibility of a more efficient transport system.

I am also an advocate of alternatives to road developments when there are new ideas available that could and should be considered to reduce the volumes of domestic traffic and enhance the transport infrastructure of the whole area.

It would appear that these alternatives are overlooked or not even considered, either through lack of information or knowledge by developers and those in authority who have the responsibility for developing transport strategies, because they do not understand or look at the history of this whole area.

It is an inescapable fact that the biggest problem for South Teesside and the areas of East Cleveland/North Yorkshire are the numbers of vehicles using the inadequate road system to access places of employment.

The problem is how can this be reduced for the long-term benefit of the region? If the local industrial railway development and closure history is studied it can be seen that many of the routes for a lot of the future transport needs are already in place.

These routes are the closed and disused rail lines that connect Middlesbrough, Stockton and East Cleveland which, due to the increasing urbanization, are now very accessible to serve the old and the new centres of population.

For example, a tram system could be created using the old Eston to Normanby-Teesville-South Bank mineral/passenger line, then divert to public roads into North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, Thornaby and Stockton, or Middlesbrough to Nunthorpe (already in place), then using the old Nunthorpe to Guisborough track bed into the area of Pinchinthorpe and divert to public roads into Guisborough town centre.

I am sure that there are many other routes that could be investigated along similar lines.

This outline is long-term and deliverable in my opinion, but a short-term and intermediate solution is required to the traffic chaos that is building on our primary road network.

JOHN R HAWKINS, Nunthorpe There's always been folk on the breadline I READ with interest Professor Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite's comments about the "secrets of a Stockton foodbank" (The Gazette 27.10.16).

Why, the professor has even written a book - Hunger Pains: Life inside foodbank Britain - about those who rely on food provided by Hebron Evangelical Church, Bishopton Road, Stockton.

Having spent 18 months as a volunteer in a foodbank, I do not doubt for one minute that Dr Garthwaite's heart is in the right place.

However, I feel I must pass comment on some of her findings.

She says parents "would go without food so their children could eat".

Why? Are these parents smokers or drinkers, or both, who choose to spend their money feeding their habits as opposed to putting food on the table? Then the professor says "it's crucial foodbanks are not seen as an extension of the welfare state".

Well, I am of the opinion that they are.

"There is no typical foodbank user", she says. I'm not sure about that, but perhaps it doesn't help if one is a drug addict or alcoholic who continues to waste and spend money on their addictions while constantly refusing the help available to them to clean up their lives. How many of these people visit foodbanks? From the are people always Kenny The list goes on. From the year dot, there are people who've always been on the breadline.

People who have been made to scrimp and save, people who have struggled all their lives. This is nothing new.

They never had foodbanks to bail them out.

KENNY SURTEES, Ormesby Green light for waste collection welcome MIDDLESBROUGH Council has extended its green waste collection throughout November.

This is excellent news as most trees are just starting to shed their leaves and lawns are ready for their last cut before winter sets in.

However Middlesbrough Council has forgotten to inform residents of this service extension and therefore most people will not be able to take advantage of these changes.

year dot, there who've been on the breadline.

Surtees KEN WALKER, Acklam A&E service was second-to-none WE see references regularly in the media to the problems of hospital A&E departments with regard to service and waiting times.

We have unfortunately had two occasions in recent months when we have required help and travelled to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for essential treatment (not having troubled any hospital in this way for very many years).

I thought a letter of genuine appreciation might make a refreshing change on your page from all the monotonous letters from the usual suspects.

Some time ago my wife suffered a nasty fall on the North York Moors while on duty as a voluntary ranger, badly cutting her face and clearly needing examination and treatment.

This she received at James Cook University Hospital within one hour of arrival and the nursing staff and doctors could not have been more pleasant and professional.

Earlier this week she incurred an eye injury which required urgent attention late in the evening and, in spite of the usual very busy waiting room, the necessary treatment was given with the same caring manner and we were on our way home withing two hours of our arrival at the hospital.

We cannot speak too highly of the service provided in the A&E department at the James Cook University Hospital and want to give them full credit for an amazing response to their customers who do not of course choose to find themselves needing such help.

We are all very fortunate to have such good people to turn to in our hour of need.


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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2016
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