More on the overcrowding of London. I find myself wondering how the tourist overload brought about by the Olympics will affect the tube system. Crossrail won’t be finished, which means that the Tottenham Court Rd interchange won’t be open, and the nearest other stations are already crowded to breaking point.
I’m the world’s least claustrophobic chap, but even I was freaked out of Covent Garden station platform this morning, when it felt as if we might all fall onto the rails.
Meanwhile, the extra day’s vacation during the royal wedding, wherein Kate inherits The Curse Of Diana, means that thanks to the May bank holiday and Easter, it’s possible to take just 3 days off work and get 11 days of vacation. This means that there are no flights to be had anywhere, unless you go somewhere nobody wants to go, Middlesbrough perhaps.
Of course, London was always a chaotic, busy city (although it was always dead after midnight) but a look back at this documentary on London’s overcrowded streets make it seem like a haven of calm in those days. Watch carefully for a shot of Leicester Square when it had a road running around it. (You can stop it then – it goes on a bit). In this particular instance I think pedestrianisation should not have taken place. Last night I watched singing drunks photographing each other standing ankle deep in trash while mimes fought for their attention.