Wednesday 14 October 2009 6.48am
The signs warning of disruption may have been up at both ends of NKR for ages but they don't actually state that one side of the road will be closed in its entirety. I envisaged a reduction to one lane.
Last night I was stuck in traffic at Waterloo due to the resurfacing outside the Old Vic and then, on diversion from the closed eastbound NKR, stuck again on Borough High Street
due to Thames Water works near the junction with Great Dover Street
Getting around London is hell at the moment. Thames Water's mains replacement programme might be laudable but it's still driving me to despair. The amount of roadworks is just ridiculous, and I'm not even a motorist.
I used to defend London's public transport but now have to put up with a cacophony of announcements, including: on the tube, to signify the doors are closing, a beeping sound (as standard across Metro systems around the world), AND an automated announcement that the doors are closing (sometimes two), AND at some stations, some bored LU employee on the platform wittering away into a microphone, announcing that the doors are closing. WE GET IT!
On buses, announcements of the next stop are helpful and sensible and an all-round good idea. More annoying are the announcements after every bus stop telling you what bus you're on - all at deafening volume. I've given up trying to read on buses.
Sorry, I seem to veered away from the subject of NKR to an all-out rant...