Does anyone know of a published schedule for Tower Bridge's opening for river traffic? I would have thought there was a web site perhaps but I can't see one. BBC London always seem to know on their traffic reports so the info is out there somewhere. Any ideas?
more seriously, I have been discussing with the manager of the bridge to understand why on earth they do open the bridge during the rush hours (morning and evening as well), just to let these small wooden barges go through. Apparently, boats have priority over the motorised traffic on the bridge
If like me you believe it's more than annoyance at time when Ken is pushing for more congestion charge, I advise sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should get an answer (nothing can be done, we try to keep it to a minimum ,..).
But the more we complain about the better change that they would think about local traffic on the bridge as well. Even warning on their website is useless if your bus has no chance but to drive through this bridge...
Watch this space (my complaint has moved to "stage 2")
I rather like it when my excuse for being late for work is; "Sorry ,the bridge was open..." As a foot commuter it's the only excuse I have, apart from losing a shoe or being attacked by a puddle! I also think it's sometimes good to have an enforced moment of river contemplation - although I appreciate that it's probably nicer to do that on the bridge, not stuck in a hot bus. Sometimes it's good that motorised transport isn't always the first priority...
Maybe Ken will double the bridge lifts and give us all discounts on mooriing fees if we travel under sail to work?
I had the same kind of reaction when I first read this post. I used to actually quite enjoy standing on the bridge waiting for it to open and close when I walked that way (and was always amazed how quickly they could get everything moving again).
However, I suspect it's not so much fun on a bus, when you can't actually see the bridge opening and closing, and you're stuck in a line of snarling traffic which takes forever to get going again, which may by why Olivier feels differently.