Monday 11 February 2002 12.15pm
I am not sure about conspiracy, it's too big a word for what's going on, but I am sure that the traffic planners in London are intent on making it more difficult in the short term for traffic to move around in order to justify the charges that they want to apply for entering 'the ring'. It will be a game of 'look at how bad it is, we have to have charges to free it all up'. I suggest that once charging is introduced, ( and the area just outside The Ring
is one big car park for people from out of London), they will produce some initiatives that will free up the traffic. They will then claim it all as a major success. The next game will then to extend charges for parking on the road in areas outside the ring. That will produce extra revenue for the various councils. That will then cause an upsurge in paying car parks, probably on every piece of unoccupied ground there is. I believe that those of us who live in inner London will be the sole losers in this scheme, but no one seems too bothered.
On the subject of dozy decisions and unneccesary expediture: can one of the bright planners involved tell me why they have spent money constricting Tottenham Court Road outside Heals? It seems a pointless excecise other than to cause congestion.