The Anonymous Widower

And Some Think London’s Got Traffic Problems!

I just read this piece on the BBC web site about a legal challenge to a new bus lane in Delhi.

I think it is interesting to look at how well London survived the Olympics. A lot of the road network was closed down and people found better ways to work or get to work. I started referring to buses as Big Red Taxis.

Since the end of the Olympics, you’d think road traffic would have got back to previous levels.  I’m not sure, but when I walk up the Balls Pond Road at rush hour, it may be busy, but not as bad as I remember before the Olympics. The only really bad times are when Arsenal are at home, as a large number of people still drive to one of the easiest stadia in the country to get to by public transport.

I would love to see some properly collected figures on traffic in Central London. Do they publish the amount of money raised by the Congestion Charge? I can’t seem to find any recent results.  They should publish the takings on a regular basis. Probably daily!

October 15, 2012 - Posted by | News, Sport, Travel | , , , ,


  1. Have travelled to India…a wonderful place..and traffic only adds to the charm of the place. Yes, its manic…and can only think that Cairo has a bigger problem….

    Was in a private car…a Mondeo..with a local Connaught Square….where the traffic lights were on red….

    In the row of traffic…were maybe 12 coaches and local buses…numerous cars, (including us) dozens of TukTuks…(the green and yellow vehicles, often full of maybe 12 people… ), a couple of camels….and two elephants…dressed to go to a wedding in caprisons and head dresses…looking good……..and hundred of bicycles….

    When the lights changed…it was going to be a Brands Hatch start….everything away fast…but it wasnt…..people waited for the elephants to go first…which they did…..

    Jumbos were well behaved…but who wants to frighten an elephant etc…could cause a lot of damage etc…(can you imagine the insurance claim…my car was sat on by an elephant??)

    I can see why they need a bus lane etc….

    Would go back to India tomorrow….

    Comment by Janet | October 15, 2012 | Reply

    • I would too, if my health was better. I may go one day. After all, I’m a day younger than modern India. Most of the country is pretty gluten-free too! Did you go to the railway museum in Delhi?

      Comment by AnonW | October 15, 2012 | Reply

  2. Not the railway museum…had a full programme…
    My Dad was in the British army as a very young man in India in the days of the partition….he was 18 and 3 weeks when he was enlisted….

    Do want to go back..perhaps to Kerala..,where there is a larger tiger population in the reserve than in Ranthambore…
    Ate very well…and had no problems…real Indiand food isnt like the UK version….

    Comment by Janet | October 15, 2012 | Reply

    • Sounds good. I want to go and see the lions. They’re using them as a means of improving the lot of the locals.

      But then British Indian food is from Bangladesh via Birmingham. Brick Lane is better, but it’s suffering a bit of late.

      Comment by AnonW | October 15, 2012 | Reply

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