Conran hits out at Bankside roadworks

Designer and restauranteur Sir Terence Conran today launched an attack on pointless roadworks in London, singling out the junction of Sumner Street and Southwark Street for particular attention.

The junction is on the designated pedestrian route between Southwark Station and Tate Modern, but part of Sumner Street is currently obstructed by roadworks being undertaken by gas company Transco.

Condemning the scene as "horrendous" Conran said "If the roadworks are so essential why is no one doing anything? And look at all this crap everywhere. Why? This is the road to the Tate Modern for tourists and anyone in taxis."

Sir Terence pointed to the Thames as part of the solution to London's transport problems, adding that "Solutions are staring us in the face. I am not against congestion charges. I don't think they are going to work because a large part of the congestion is caused by roadworks, but they are a good idea."

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