Friday 20 May 2005 1.30pm
The link above was to the research document: this is the policy document which explains it slightly more clearly:
and even more horrors for those to whom 020 7 means posh inner London and 020 8 means rough and nasty suburbs...:
"As the 1998 decision (see Q2) was to reunite London, Ofcom has decided it is not
appropriate to use a new range simply as a substitute for (020) 7, since this might
continue to give the wrong impression that inner and outer London have separate
area codes. Therefore (020) 3 numbers will be made available for allocation for use
throughout the Greater London area from 1 June 2005. To reinforce this Ofcom will
also suspend further allocation by it of (020) 7 and (020) 8 numbers from 1 June
so 020 3 just means "new", not "inner" or "outer" - a whole new social definition to worry about...
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 20 May 2005 1.33pm by markandjoan.