LETTER: Low viaduct for added scenery
Further to my letter of January 11, I am pleased that someone (K Watts) read it; perhaps most people were foxed by the Cut and Cover title and did not recognise that it referred to the A27.
Recently, I was looking at some beautiful photographs of aqueducts and viaducts carrying traffic, railways or just pathways over valleys all over the world.
I wondered how much damage these constructions had done to the scenery, so blanked out the viaducts and found to my amazement that, although the valleys were still beautiful, they lacked a focal point which made one remember them.
It then struck me that if
we could find an architect who had an eye for beauty, rather than just trying to think of something that no one else had thought of (and ruining beautiful surroundings in the process), a low viaduct across the Lavant Valley where my Northern Route would cross could simplify the construction of the road in this region and could provide just the sort of focal point that would make the view down the valley more memorable, with the Cathedral providing interest in the background (yet another Chichester attraction).
If the roadside walls (high enough to shield direct engine and tyre noise) were lined with sound absorbent materials and sloped at about 45 degrees to reflect any remaining noise upwards, it would provide no noise nuisance to the nearest residents.
K W Newby