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After years of deliberation and moaning, the issue of traffic has raised its head again for the umpteenth time in The Star.

We are in a worse position than 40 years ago, and what concerns me are people’s attitudes.

Because we are a country steeped in history, our cities and towns reflect this with green belt areas, listed buildings and moralistic values, which should have a place, but I do not apologise for the content of my letter.

If these are close to your heart then I applaud you but you may be the reason Sheffield has at times lagged behind its northern rivals, never mind the southern counterparts.

Our roads aren’t straight. They’re undulating, meandering and on hills. This, along with unadventurous schemes, leaves us in the position we are in.

Constant inept council spending at the end of the fiscal year to get the full allowance for the following year does not help.

Nor do more cars, heavier lorries and yes a bus system which took its knock when deregulation occurred.

Road-widening, road-shortening, traffic lights and speed bumps are just a few of the things which hold up traffic in the indulgence that is public transport. If only.

Being a non-driver and realist, I don’t believe motorists will swap the convenience of the car for public transport, so help these people by giving all of us a better traffic system. I mean Woodseats particularly.

What we need is a new flyover. As the saying goes, if you can’t go through it and can’t go under it, go over it.

Even the Swiss are conforming, taking a straight line, building a 24-mile tunnel through the Alps.

We are talking a mile-and-a-half approximately, which could have repercussions not just for Woodseats but for its outlying areas.

The flyover will begin where Homebase is and end at Charles Ahsmore Road.

The intricacies and the drawing up of plans are obviously in their infancy but one thing I can tell you is there will be pain, upset, destruction and mess, which goes with infrastructure plans on the scale required.

To my knowledge, Tinsley viaduct, Sheffield Parkway and more recently Derek Dooley Way were built mostly to get traffic in and out of the city centre, for which Meadowhall should adversely take some credit. But I remember what it replaced - proper industry.

Therefore Woodseats deserves to be upgraded in more ways than one.

But make no mistake, the A61 will become of more importance, keeping its residents, shopkeepers and visitors pleased to call Woodseats a good area, which will be enhanced by the flyover.

Phillip Jowett

Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield

Who would have thought?

What a shock, just when I thought the US and Commonwealth countries were our friends. The first brave attempt by the UK to renegotiate rules at the WTO over food quotas, last week, was rejected by the US, Canada, New Zealand and others.

They pointed out that a small nation cannot enjoy the same trade benefits as the EU block. It looks like they want to see the UK naked and exposed, in order to guarantee advantages for their producers only. Not like in the EU, where trade is tariffs free amongst equals.

Who would have ever thought of that!

Danny Piermattei

Stannington, Sheffield

Reform education

Just read the letter from RB on the subject of Classics being taught at High Storrs. A powerful argument is made for abolishing the subject but I would like to expand this.

To use the same exemplars as RB I doubt that Kyle Walker needed to know about the Defenestration of Prague; that Nick Matthew had to call upon Boyles Law or that Tom Ellis requires a grounding in algebra to master a TV script.

That seems to be history, physics and maths out of the window as well.

Hubris perhaps but if I may include myself in such exalted company I have never needed to make a dovetail joint or display a detailed grasp of the river systems of South East Asia so we can add woodwork and geography to the list.

By this time you may be asking if there is any point to High Storrs and it is a question that requires an answer.

No. However I have a cunning plan, (is that original?). Children should be taught the 3 ‘Rs’ up to the age of twelve. They then leave school for the world of work.

At the age of fifteen they are recalled to school and required to provide a work history.

Based on this history an individually tailored course of study is provided so that the recalled students do not waste time and resources learning about things that have no connection with their chosen field of endeavour but concentrate solely on those subjects that are directly relevant to them.

After all what business does a bricklayer have learning about Shakespeare and why does a machinist need to know history.

This may not suit everyone but I think it more than deals with RB’s concern.

On the other hand you may agree with the Hebrew proverb that children are not vessels to be filled but lamps to be lit.

Stephen Crowther

Greystones.

P.S. I have to live with this!! Joyce Crowther

Minor RTC’s create chaos

There is something fundamentally wrong when a modern traffic system seems unable to cope with what appear to be “minor” road traffic collisions.

I commute each day, from North East Nottinghamshire and, in the last two or three weeks, seemingly minor RTC’s, have created chaos, both in the immediate vicinity of the incidents and, the surrounding areas.

Only a couple of weeks ago, Sheffield Parkway was effectively closed, from around 08.30 hours through to 13.00 hours, for a three car collision, with no apparent serious injury. Today, as I passed Derek Dooley Way, at around 06.45 hours, a two car collision had occurred, again with no immediate sign of serious injury and chaos has ensued for almost three hours!

From what I see, Sheffield is sitting on the cusp of new opportunities and discovery and, whilst the powers that be can’t be responsible for some positively appalling driving skills, some imagination is required to bring a halt to these apparently inappropriate traffic holdups.

Chris Mann

Hillsborough, S6

Not upto the job?

Ikea jobs, why haven’t more gone to local people in the local area?

People asking why, well maybe not that many people applied for the jobs or maybe those that did were not up to the job.

Jayne Grayson

by email

Change in attitude?

Jayne Dunn is correct when she says the Haymarket is a dump, wrong when she says everything below Marks and Spencer is too.

It’s ok being emphatic Jayne but sometimes it stimulates debate when you put forward your reasoning. Does the recent influx of new blood onto the Council planning side, staff wise, mean a change in attitude or same old?

Ron Clayton

S6