Wednesday 28 April 2010 4.23pm
Agree with your sentiments Scamp but actually outside London Bridge Satation there really are loads of smokers always there...and on the bit of pavement originally mentioned it really is very thin and you don't want to be walking on the road with the buses driving round so you have no choice to avoid them.
You're right, it is overcrowded there and it's not pleasant to walk past. It's one of the secondary problems caused by the smoking ban. But where else can they practically go to smoke? Now that smoking has been confined to small concentrated areas around London Bridge station naturally those concentrated areas are going to be more unpleasant for non-smokers to traverse.
London Bridge is a really busy station with hardly any outside space and a portion of the commuters who use it will be smokers. Faced with the prospect of an hour on an overcrowded smelly train is enough to make any smoker want a quick fag before they get on the train, so unfortunately there'll always be a need for somewhere on the station to smoke.
The problem at London Bridge is worse at the moment because of the space taken up with building the Shard, narrowing this unofficial smoking area further. Once that's built I hope there'll be more concourse space, especially if the bus station is opened up. More space to smoke, the smokers will dissapate accordingly and the smoke won't be as noticable or unpleasant for non-smokers.
I would say also that there's an element of the selfish commuter here too. Most people, who in any other situation considerate, friendly and courteous have the capacity to be utterly selfish a***holes when making the journey to and from work. Perhaps that's why this discussion has become so passionate!