Not distant from the unsightly gantries that now crowd the Hobson St bridge there is a plaque embedded in a stone wall. It dates from 1972 and records an environmental award for the care and consideration of environmental values that were an outstanding feature of the design of the urban motorway and its landscapes.

It reads “care for the surroundings have restored and enhanced the qualities of the environment traversed by this new road”.

Has it taken only until 2009 for approving authorities (and engineers) to abandon good environmental principles, practices and design concepts?