Dr Guy Dickinson's letter (We will pay a high price for the bypass', Echo, March 20) was little more than a rehash of David Moth's recent letter (Here they are: 19 Alternatives', March 13). Nothing new was aired.

It's futile to expect Dorset County Council to lay on more public transport. Since rail privatisation and bus deregulation, local government has no strategic role in this matter.

Financially, with help from the government, the county council does manage to support rural bus services. On public transport, I'm reminded of the saying: you can lead horses to water but you can't make them drink'.

I would agree; more could be done about school transport and work travel plans, but there are implications for the council tax. For example, one school bus costs about £30,000 a year.

With councils capped for exceeding government limits, the only way to achieve this would be to cut council services. So there would be difficult choices to make to implement these schemes.

There is a policy on times when roadwork should take place. Work probably could be undertaken more conveniently at night, but surely that's inconsiderate on those living in the vicinity.

Regarding the utility companies, the council has little control on when they carry out their roadwork. It would also have been useful to have had an inkling as to how Littlemoor Junction could work more efficiently. A roundabout would have its own problems of traffic flow.

Weymouth's relief road was never a pre-requisite for the Olympics, indeed the proposal has been around long before the Olympics Games was last held in this country, in 1948.

The £18 million from the Regional Assembly is to help improve the local transport infrastructure for the Olympics. Some of the very measures mentioned by Dr Dickinson, such as electronic bus times, cycling and walking facilities, will be included.

Interestingly, studies for the Environmental Statement, a compulsory assessment for planning applications of this magnitude, found that the alternatives suggested would have little effect on road congestion.

The local economy has slowly recovered from the devastating effects from MoD closures but employment figures don't take account of those having to travel further afield than Dorchester to earn a living.

Reference to CO2 emissions infers climate change concerns. It's gradually emerging however that there's division amongst scientist on this subject. It seems that no-one is absolutely certain on what's happening with the global weather.

Harry Burden, County Councillor for Broadwey.