Saturday 21 January 2006 12.59am
I was reading about this new "Baby Shard" with 600,000 sq ft of space, in addition to god knows what space they are building in the "Shard", then the E&C redevelopment and all the stuff going up near Tower Bridge and it hit me that this is really putting the cart before the horse. There is a vast gap in trasportation infrastructure needed to move around this city....
I live near the Bricklayers arms end of Bermondsey and honestly going to work in the mornings I can barely get on any bus that goes along New Kent Road
to E&C - they are all full. The Bus 21 going along Great Dover and up to London Bridge is slightly better, but as soon as it turns the corner at Borough Tube stop it literally bogs down in traffic.
Try to go underground, well there is none aroudn Bricklayers arms or Old Ken or Tower Bridge Road
. Nearer to London bridge, the Jubilee Line is sardine-packed (one car added on is gonna do nada). The Northern line is jam packed in the mornings too. There should be a tue line running from the City under Tower Bridge and Down Tower Bridge road - it doesn't exist and no plans exist for one at all.
So when they build all these new buildings, how exactly is anyone going to move around in this area to get to work or go home - on foot? There is no more capacity on the public transport system. None.
And yet there is no new tube line to be built (never mind that the stretch of Old Kent-E&C-London Bridge is obviously needing it? And you cant put more buses on the road - because they wont get anywhere in the traffic on these roads. So what are people going to do? Why are they cramming all this in a place where people cannot move around properly to begin with?
I dont understand this at all. Is anyone actually doing PLANNING in this city - or are they all just selling approvals to developers and calling themselves city planners?
Or is the idea to "manage demand" by just simply pricing everybody off the public transportation system onto their own two feet?