Wednesday 24 August 2005 12.36pm
So, in another place I have chronicled my efforts to find out the purpose behind the excavation on Bermondsey St outside the BK. What this showed me is just how extensive is the beaurocracy that is involving itself with managing our street network.
Others have posted photos of the hardware being installed in Tooley St (talk about Big Brother) and I'm now beginning to wonder if anyone can tell me how much it costs for one of these installations. I'd also like to know how the benefit of this programme is quantified.
As a comparison, I started to think about legislation aimed at improving the environment and the legislation that springs to mind is the original Clean Air Act of 1956.
This was aimed at resolving the environmental problems of the 'great smog' of 1952 and the resultant deaths. The government of the day recognised the problem, framed and enacted the legislation and, hey presto, the problem disappeared.
Traffic congestion could be seen in the same way and legislation framed to deal with it. For example, in 1983 even the Americans had managed to pass legislation which forced drivers to carry a minimum of three people in their cars if they wanted to enter a given urban area. No cameras just draconian penalties. No need to dig up the roads and spend billions on systems and cameras.
What has changed?