London commuting.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by ianrauk, 5 May 2016.

  1. OP

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Barmy in Barming

    Works for me, anyone else?
  2. User1252

    User1252 Guest

    Works for me
  3. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guru

    And me. Interesting reading.
  4. MossCommuter

    MossCommuter Guru

    Irlam (Salford)
    OK; all very odd.

    I'll take a look later, on a different device.

    As you were

  5. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    WTF do they mean "even though riding a bicycle is technically banned"? Surely part of the reason why the tunnel is going to hit its theoretical maximum is because riding is banned, as a pushed cycle takes up more room for more time?

    What do locals make of the options? It's not a route I'd use much from my most frequent arrivals point at Kings Cross.
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  6. Mile195

    Mile195 Über Member

    West Kent
    Perhaps once the Silvertown tunnel gets built, they could restore 1 bore of the blackwall tunnel back to non-motorised use instead and provide another cycling route across the river there as an alternative...
    ...Although apparently they've been talking about a crossing there since 1976, so I probably won't put any money on it happening soon...
  7. OP

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Barmy in Barming

    There's all sorts of crossings being mooted, bridges, tunnels, a ferry. I just wish they would get on with it. Not only Ped/Cycle crossing but another road crossing too to relieve some motor traffic off the A200.
  8. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    The main reason for the theoretical maximum is the lifts - there's only one lift at each end of the tunnel and they have finite capacity. Even though they've been revamped recently, the lifts are still quite slow.

    And that's when they're working! (I have had to carry my bike up the stairs on occasion.)

    Several times lately I've had cause to ride between the West End and Charlton and the foot tunnel is on my preferred route (down through Covent Garden to the river, then along the Lower Thames St cycle path (CS3?) to Tower Hill, along Cable Street to Limehouse and then onto the riverside path down to the tunnel). The congestion in the tunnel doesn't affect me since I'm always using it outside peak times. Hard to say how the new crossing options would work without seeing how they're integrated into the surrounding infrastructure.
    Last edited: 8 Nov 2017
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  9. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Just like our Motorways.:okay:
  10. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Good point - I was reading it too literally. If that's the case, why don't they tunnel out ramps instead? If what I've read is correct, the tunnel is 15m down, which I think means a 5% ramp would need about 300m, putting the southern portal somewhere like Nelson Road or Romney Road and the northern portal in Millwall Park, assuming they try to avoid tunnelling under buildings or through the rail lines. Probably expensive, but more than a bridge?
  11. User1252

    User1252 Guest

    In Antwerp there is a similar tunnel under the river but way bigger and deeper. It has lifts and long escalators either end.
  12. psmiffy

    psmiffy -

    I thought there was already a ferry? - for the number of cyclists it just needs a better ferry?
  13. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Are you thinking of Woolwich not Greenwich? The nearest ferry to Greenwich is the Docklands hotel one that costs something around £5 IIRC - the DLR is closer and cheaper, although cycles are only allowed off-peak.
  14. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    The Greenwich Ferry. Love it! :laugh:
  15. Lonestar

    Lonestar Rat Run Cyclist

    CS 2 and CS 3
    I wont use it in the rush-hour and neither the CS 3 from Limehouse to Tower Gateway.Have to use Tower Gateway to Southwark Bridge section,though.
    I use it from Southwark Bridge to Limhouse on return although I don't want to.After that the route sort of settles down a bit.
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