John Watts, minister for railways, road and public transport said:
'The principles it sets out should set a benchmark for design quality for structures associated with roads which include retaining walls, tunnels and buildings as well as bridges.
'Whether we consider a major motorway bridge over a river estuary or a pedestrian bridge connecting a footpath in the remote uplands we should expect the best design for its context.'
The American Transportation Research Board has already hailed the book. They commented: 'It is an impressive work and one that should serve the engineering profession both in your country and abroad for many decades.'
-- 'The Appearance of Bridges and Other Highway Structures is published by The Stationery Office at £35, ISBN 0-11-551804-5.