Sir,—Surveyors have been experimenting for years with sections of roads of different materials, and now it is announced that the Ministry of Transport is going to do the same. No doubt much new and valuable scientific data will be obtained, but is it necessary to wait for the result of future experiment when there is so much past experience to guide us? In Northumberland we have had first-hand experience of the Great North Road, built for fifty or sixty miles of hard local stone, and motorists passing through on their way to and from Scotland confirm our own experience of exhilarating runs over its glorious surface—especially from Alnwick northwards—with a minimum risk of skidding.
As for town-roads, there is a narrow street in Alnwick, a bottleneck through which the whole the traffic on the North Road passes, which was paved in 1892 or 1893 with whinstone setts which have withstood the traffic ever since.
Is is really necessary to search further for an even, durable, non-slippery and economical surface when we have proofs like these—surely in every part of the country—of what can be done with hard British stone?
Yours, etc. A. Smart, Alnwick