stxmld wrote:Whilst I tend to agree, it is not in TfL or CoL's power to change the Act of Parliament, and certainly not even to appeal it at this kind of notice.As someone who has lived close to TB for over 10 years, and regularly walks across it, I should point out that much of what is in the press release needs to be read with a pinch of salt:
- most of the river traffic ('requiring' bascule lifts) consists of pleasure/tourist craft (include the thames barges in this category). There are more pleasure craft in the summer season. The USP of these craft is the bridge lift. The Thames barges could easily pass under with their masts lowered (this is what they were designed to do).
To continue the theme, I doubt whether 1 in 1000 bridge lifts is for a genuine commercial (excluding leisure craft) or official or military purpose. The Act of Parliament is outdated and needs to be revised
Tom Pepper wrote:richard_badger wrote:It looks like the bridge will just be closed to vehicles, not pedestrians, this time round. That sounds great! bbc.in/1TZ3oIe
Yes, for you I guess, but how about if you run a one man transport business, regularly delivering heavy materials from your premises at Bricklayers Arms, to Shoreditch or Whitechapel?
I don't by the way, and I'm not for one minute going against the proposed repairs to the bridge, just pointing out that not everyone will be ecstatic about it.
e.g. I live in Rotherhithe, and due to the 24 hour bus lane, Jamaica Road toward the tunnel is regularly backed up as far as Dockhead.
When the bridge closes, I envisage it being backed up as far as Borough High Street.
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