01 November 2006
London's transport is broken, says One Man and His Blog.


My goodness, what an eye-opener it was. After nine years of train commuting, I'd got used to it. After a short break, I saw it with new eyes. I saw the utter filth of London Bridge station. I saw the people crushed into cattle trucks. I smelt the fast food and the perfume and the body odor all mingling in an unpleasant aroma cocktail. I saw people struggling to get though a tiny platform exit on Lewisham station.

London has been described as the heart of the country's economy, pumping its fiscal blood around the nation. If that's the case, then the country has heart disease. Its arteries are clogged, unable to cope with the demands placed on them.
Methinks this man, and his blog, are tired of London.

Brian Micklethwait • PermalinkFeedback (3)Rail
  1. Well, if the problem is overcrowding then the solution is easy enough: abolish fare control.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on  01 November 2006 at 07:58 am

  2. It would make for an interesting piece of historical reconstruction to put together a realistic London Underground rush hour of, say, 1938. More passengers, but no Victoria or Jubilee lines; no modern fabrics but plenty of old clothes; no deodorants for the men; everyone smoking pretty much everywhere; the smell of old-style British food; plus, if you were really going for it, smog.

    Posted by James Hamilton on  01 November 2006 at 04:11 pm

  3. I wouldn’t say that I’m tired of London, just that I’m tired of teh way London is treated, if that makes sense.

    The chronic lack of investment in our transport network seems, to me, criminal.

    Posted by Adam on  01 November 2006 at 10:23 pm

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