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London commuting.

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

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  1. Mile195

    Mile195 Über Member

    Location:
    West Kent
    ooops. I appear to have opened a small can of worms.
    I didn't intend to imply there was ever any restriction on motor vehicles. And indeed there probably never was - I think it was open to all before the 1960's (I saw a documentary a while ago which showed the specially built bus they had for taking bikes through the tunnel just after it was changed to motorised use only). But what I meant was, to restore use of the blackwall tunnel to non-motorised traffic as well as whatever else.
    Anyway, it's a moot point because it'll never happen.
    The cable car can be used by cycles which is close enough to the blackwall tunnel to ensure there is never a case for opening the blackwall tunnel to bikes. Although at £9 a go (or £1.70 if you can commit to using 10 trips over the year) I think I would find it a little frivolous to commute using it every day if I needed to go that way.
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Cash fare is £4.50 or £3.50 if you use your Oyster/Contactless
     
  3. tatr

    tatr Well-Known Member

    I tend to avoid the cable car because I don't like the black looks you get when walking past the tourist ticket queue directly to the oyster gate, even though that's what you are supposed to do according to the staff.
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

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    Barmy in Barming

    Doesn't bother me in the slightest. And the staff are very helpful and cyclist friendly.
     
  5. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

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  6. NickNick

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  7. Lonestar

    Lonestar Rat Run Cyclist

    Location:
    CS 2 and CS 3
    Just came back from commute on the CS 3 and the cops were there on the junction of Leman St/Dock street and CS 3/Cable Street...A car had hit the bridge parapet and the car looked totalled.Even the passenger doors were gone.How bloody hard did he hit it?

    It looks like it's been scrapped on the spot.

    Wasn't there on the commute in.These Weekend commutes are getting madder and madder.
     
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  8. MossCommuter

    MossCommuter Guru

    Location:
    Irlam (Salford)
    Maybe the emergency services caused most damage extracting the occupants
     
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  9. Lonestar

    Lonestar Rat Run Cyclist

    Location:
    CS 2 and CS 3
    Good point.Thanks.:okay:

    I did think it was a bit strange but I have been up since 2am (and been down to Bournemouth):blush:
     
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  10. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London
    No, it isn't working at all. The total number of vehicles has actually declined, yet the traffic congestion and journey times are WORSE now than before the congestion charge came in! How can worsening congestion and making it more difficult for people to go about their business possibly be regarded as a success? The Mayor and TfL are a complete bunch of muppets.
     
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  11. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    I don't know what numbers you're using... oh, wait, you're not using any :tongue: We used to call that proof by, err, shall we say vigorous handwaving.

    The numbers of people (not vehicles) has remained similar since the congestion charge encouraged about 20k through motorists to fark off. It's just that the mix has changed for the better. That's a success.
     
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  12. tatr

    tatr Well-Known Member

    The only way to reduce the number of cars is by making journey times longer so people choose another form of transport.

    Reducing the number and speed of cars makes it easier to go about your business as a pedestrian or cyclist.

    So that sounds like it's been a success.
     
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    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship