Thursday 31 March 2016 10.19am
Apologies, this is obviously a duplication of my initial post:
Okay, not strictly SE1, but close.
On Easter Sunday early evening, around 7.00 p.m. I think, I dropped my dad at a pub in Peckham and headed for home in Rotherhithe.
I came down St. James Rd and just managed to turn right on to Jamaica Road
and sit at the back of a VERY slow moving line of traffic heading toward the tunnel.
I'm aware that it is almost always bad traffic along this stretch, but this seemed worse than normal.
When I finally made it to the roundabout at Rotherhithe tunnel the reason became glaringly obvious.
The tunnel was closed, a large illuminated matrix sign announcing this, plus the barrier being down, and the traffic lights flashing red.
Yet a queue of cretinous morons had formed at the tunnel entrance, presumably thinking that the tunnel would miraculously re-open any second now.
After 3 or 4 minutes, the last car in the queue, with the driver presumably realising that he'd be there until after the Easter Weekend if he didn't move now, reversed and went into Brunel Road.
This created a sufficient gap for me to get into Brunel Road too, and I was home some 2 minutes later.
I still cannot fathom the mind set of the driver at the front of the line, who when faced with a red light, closed barrier, and enormous "Tunnel Closed" sign, decided to wait to see if the barrier would open in a couple of seconds.
No doubt the other morons waiting patiently behind him, while blocking the roundabout, were thinking, "Hmmm, this guy must know that it will open soon." Extreme fail.