london 2012 part 1 : ‘transport’ for london

10 Jul

Things that are already annoying us about London 2012.

That the inevitable commuting chaos which is set to ensue is being addressed in the following ways:

  • a poster campaign in the tube suggesting we all find ‘alternative ways to get to work’. this is on a backdrop of a woman pole-vaulting across london. hmm, practical.
  • boris johnson is now being tannoyed over the loudspeaker system at all stations at all times. which makes pre-olympics commuting almost as painful as olympics commuting.

And most importantly, no matter how strategically I have been laying the groundwork, the likelihood of me pulling off the old ‘working from home’ lark is looking slim. A ten minute cycle door to door just won’t cut the mustard!

5 Responses to “london 2012 part 1 : ‘transport’ for london”

  1. cyrilandvivian July 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    When I moved here in May, I was looking forward to being in a city where the Olympics were taking place. Then I got used to (read: suffered annoyingly and opined not-so quietly) the transportation system and began to dread my daily commute from the South to W1. Now that I’m moving back to Canada because my boyfriend got a job back home, I am so relieved! I cannot believe how unprepared London is transportation-wise. Good luck with everything!

    PS. Love your blog!

    • Jane July 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      How funny. I have a canadian friend who has to change at Liverpool Street every day and has seriously lost the will to live. She always attends the ‘Meet the Station Manager’ days so she can give them a piece of her mind!

      Canadian transport is soo much better – I have only been to Toronto but their subway/metro system was a breeze….carriages are a normal size for one thing!

      ps: thanks so much!

      • cyrilandvivian July 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

        I was no by means suggesting that Canadian transport is better. I actually think Toronto is one of the worst in the world and if not, it is certainly the most idiotic! It consists of 2 lines, one running east/west only on ONE street – Bloor – and the other a giant north/south/north U-shaped line that makes no sense because most stations on both sides of the U are on the same street, only two blocks apart, with easy walking distance. So everyone living in that one 500m stretch has access to transport but the rest of the city is relegated to slow buses and trams. What a waste of space. The next time you’re in Toronto, you’ll really notice how inefficient it is if you want to get anywhere beyond Yonge/University. Keep that in mind :p

        I guess Canadians really like to complain about transit? Sorry for the little rant. I used to live in Hong Kong so I got a little spoiled when it came to public transportation.

  2. Anonymous August 21, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Tower brigde definitely looks better without those rings.

    • Francielle February 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      Your posting is absoleutly on the point!

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