Sunday 13 March 2016 8.09pm
Back in the day, prior to work starting on the verdammt Shard, I, and no doubt every black cab driver familiar with the area, would use Snowsfields as an escape route from clogged up Tooley Street
, or sometimes St. Thomas Street.
If I picked up a job in e.g. Jamaica Road
, going West, I'd initially try for Tooley Street
via Bermondsey Street
If Bermondsey Street
was backed up because traffic was blocked from getting into Tooley Street
opposite More London, I'd carry on along St. Thomas street, or swing into Snowsfields, then into Newcomen Street
, then right into BHS.
If Newcomen was held up, I'd make a right into Great Maze Pond
, then left into St. Thomas Street.
Occasionally, a jobsworth at the entrance to Great Maze Pond
would ask where I was going, I'd say, "A & E", or if I was empty, "Picking up in A & E."
Sometimes, going west along Long Lane
, you'd run into a wall of traffic fighting to get out into Great Dover Street
I'd swing into Tennis Street
, go left into narrow Angel Place
, to BHS.
When that eventually got blocked by a a metal stanchion, you had to take a chance on Newcomen Street
, if that's now going to be taken out of the equation, stand by for a slew of non moving traffic in the area.
Man, did I ever do the right thing, giving up taxi driving!