The Anonymous Widower

Where The City Of London Leads The Rest Will Follow!

The City of London is a unique Local Authotity, in that very few people live in its area.

C and I used to live in the Barbican with our three boys. It was a very different experience to living anywhere else I’ve lived.

It still functions today as housing and many have lived in the Estate for longer than forty years.

It was one of the first high-quality Local Authority housing schemes in London and it showed if you built quality it worked.

From what I’ve seen elsewhere, other Local Authorities and Housing Associations are building high quality homes for rent.

The City is now tacking another problem in a radical way.

This article on the BBC is entitled The Politics Of Pedestrianisation.

Read the article, of which this is an extract.

Next week, the local authority will take another step towards a bold, radical plan to change the streets in the Square Mile over the next 25 years.

Some streets could be closed to motor vehicles during rush hour and there could be zero emission zones.

There will also be a 15mph speed limit across the district.

The local authority wants to cut the number of vehicles by a quarter by 2030.

The City has consulted workers and residents.

The article says this about the survey.

It found 98% of people travel to the area by walking, cycling or public transport, while 84% think pavements are too crowded.

Four in five people think traffic levels in the City are too high, with 67% saying it contributes to poor air quality, while 59% said it creates an unpleasant street environment.

The authority said it listened to workers and businesses and has to deliver what they want to remain competitive – especially in a post-Brexit world.

It also said it must improve the area to appeal to business and wants to change the priority completely, giving more space to pedestrians and cyclists.

But black cab drivers don’t like it. Surprise! Surprise!

Steve McNamara of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) says pedestrianisation is being dreamt up by middle-class blokes who don’t realise how the milk for their caramel lattes is delivered.

“They are strangling the best city in the planet and they don’t realise people need to have goods and services delivered,” he said.

He thinks the march to pedestrianisation will kill The City.

But I do like it! Look at these pictures I took in the City at about two in the afternoon.

The banning of all vehicles except cyclists and buses has cleared the area around Bank, where it is now a pleasure to walk.

I was actually walking to and from Bank to Leadenhall Market, where I go sometimes for a pleasant lunch in Leon

A year ago, walking would have required a lot of traffic-dodging!

It looks to me, that in a few years time, the City of London will be a square mile of tower blocks and historic alleys and buildings.

  • It will be criss-crossed by cycle and pedestrians routes.
  • Two or three major routes, will survive for buses and taxis.
  • Around the City will be the ring of stations; Aldgate, Bank, Barbican, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, City Thameslink, Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street, Monument, Moorgate, St. Pauls and Tower Hill.
  • The massive Bank and Moorgate/Liverpool Street stations in the heart of the action, will be two of the largest Metro stations in the World.

The City of London will become the Gold Standard for historic cities.

Other UK cities and parts of London like Oxford Street will surely follow.

I do find it strange that the other two big cities in the UK, where walking is pleasant in the centre are Glasgow and Liverpool. Like the City of London, they have underground railways and a river



November 1, 2018 - Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , , ,


  1. This is a really great idea, I wish my own area would do it, but with one big condition. The surfaces of these pedestrianised areas need to be comfortable for people in wheelchairs and on scooters to use. A few weeks ago, Neil and I decided to go for a walk down by the river, me using my scooter. We are hardly any distance away, so left home in scooter. Within a matter of minutes – under 10 – I had been nearly thrown off by deep troughs in the pavements when I went over some paving stone, my scooter had stopped dead at the end of some paving stones because they were deep, my joints ached from the general bumpiness of the rest of it. Neil went back for the car, and we used that to get down to the river. The path by the river is lovely, clean tarmac, bump free, having been paid for by so me fund or other, and we had a lovely afternoon. But sometimes if I am going shopping or dentist or similar, I go in the car because of the disgraceful state of the pavements. The roads are no better, but of course, I cannot go on the road legally. However, I see a great many people using scooters on the road who shouldn’t be because the pavements don’t accommodate the scooters safely. Parts of the city centre are not great either, I do go on the tram into the city sometimes, but the pavements in parts of it are awful!

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 3, 2018 | Reply

  2. Hackney was an Olympic borough and many of the pavements were relaid before the Games. I’m also on a road with three schools, so they keep the pavements level. The biggest problem is that my road has a lot of mature trees and they tend to push up the odd stone.

    But the City of London itself, generally has immaculate pavements. And as in London all buses have wheelchair ramps that go on top of the pavement, you don’t see many complaints on the London News

    I do think too the City has other factors at work!

    1. Many workers and commuters take a train to the edge of the City at Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street, London Bridge etc. and then walk into their place of work.

    2. You see a lot of ladies of all ages in very high heels. A much higher percentage than you would see in Cambridge, Liverpool or Manchester.

    3. A lot of workers will walk a hundred metres or so to their favourite coffee shop, fast food joint or pub at lunch-time.

    But above all, the City is moving towards a twenty-four hour district, where you can go to enjoy yourself in a civilised manner at all times.

    A couple of Sunday mornings ago, in the pouring rain, I went for a walk in the City to look at the buildings and monuments. I wasn’t alone and there were lots of groups of tourists wrapped up against the weather.

    Quite a few were walking around the sites like the Tower, the river and St. Pauls.

    The City of London is going to create a whole new breed of city.

    Comment by AnonW | November 3, 2018 | Reply

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