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   Old Thread  #75 17 Apr 2021 at 3.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #74 10 Apr 2021 at 6.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've got not nothing against cyclists, even do a bit myself when the weather is nice but what's the point of cycle lanes that are hardly used when blues and two's ambulances are stuck?

Sorry can't the get the link to work, you'll have to take my word
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   Old Thread  #73 25 Mar 2021 at 7.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm expecting it to get worse where I live, just outside the South Circular. It hardly moves now and if it gets worse then it will come to a complete standstill. Maybe then the penny will drop?
I understand your cycling comments now
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   Old Thread  #72 25 Mar 2021 at 3.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ah ok, may still push a lot my way if it pushes motors out onto the circulars and others move further out to avoid that traffic.

When I say make it worse I mean specifically from the cyclists perspective, the junctions were always the point of conflict with the blue routes which the bollards don't help with, and actually make life harder in some spots. With the general poor standards of driving and people not knowing what the stick on the steering column is for you get a sense of when someone is going to turn by their road position, and I've been surprised by a few manoeuvres on routes with bollards lately. Add in the extra punishment passes I mentioned previously...
I might get used to it with a few more miles when it warms up but at the moment I'm more nervous on the roads than I have been since having two crashes in 6 weeks back in 2015
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   Old Thread  #71 25 Mar 2021 at 8.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No charge if you drive on the north and south circular roads, only if you turn off them and go into the zone.



in some cases they make things worse. Around this way I'd say it's the vast majority of cases
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   Old Thread  #70 25 Mar 2021 at 7.31am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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With the ulez coming in, will you have to pay the toll to drive on the n/s circular or is it once you turn off into the area between them?
If it's the former a lot more traffic will be coming my way.

I'm not a fan of the bollards, the blue routes were already good, it's at junctions that the problems happen and the bollards don't help there, in some cases they make things worse.
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   Old Thread  #69 24 Mar 2021 at 11.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The idea of closing roads is that the traffic is meant to 'evaporate' , it hasn't, all it does is displace it somewhere else.
I'm now seeing displaced traffic in my road, well not for the next two weeks as my residential road is closed due to electricity works, meaning our share of the traffic has gone to another road, those poor sods are really getting displaced, displaced traffic. People are leaving earlier meaning traffic now starts to become noticeable at 6.15am Mon-Fri.
I choose to live in London and so expect to share the burden of traffic and have done so all my life, I expect traffic to get progressively a little worse each year until a long term solution is found but what they are doing is madness. No joint up strategy, just local councils doing their own thing, reducing or closing road with no consideration to the residents and the knock on effect to neighbouring boroughs.
I could go on but will stop tonight but will leave it on the subject of cycle lanes. I've got nothing against well designed ones but now it comes to the point that cyclists won't use them due to the pollution from the gridlocked cars that run along side of them and that they are littered with debris because the road sweeping lorries can't do their job because of the bollards in the way!
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   Old Thread  #68 24 Mar 2021 at 9.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Totally respect your passion for this issue and backing it up by getting off your arse about it

Surely this leads to your house and others benefiting in a couple of years and a better environment for everyone?
Bit of pain lot of gain
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   Old Thread  #67 21 Mar 2021 at 2.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Not just London
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   Old Thread  #66 20 Mar 2021 at 12.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm more Grove Park/Mottingham area where it's slightly more leafier.. I try to stay away from central Lewisham, far too busy
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   Old Thread  #65 20 Mar 2021 at 11.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I thought it looked familiar, that was on my route to groin itch.
I was working 7 till 7 on that job so the traffic didn't look that bad
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   Old Thread  #64 20 Mar 2021 at 11.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hadn't twigged you were Lewisham Tinhead - I spend a bit of time down that way for freelance work (when we're not locked down) - Stay with my mate on Marischal Road just up from the Barbers on the corner.

You can buy me a pint when I'm next down
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   Old Thread  #63 20 Mar 2021 at 10.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lewisham Hight Street in the direction of Lewisham Hospital.
Here's what it was like with the room to move over to let the ambulance get to the hospital
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   Old Thread  #62 20 Mar 2021 at 10.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A sadly familiar sight

Speaking of familiar, where is that?
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Not where I was describing in my earlier post but this picture was taken because the driver had an ambulance behind him and no one could move over to get out of the way. Look how far ahead the traffic queue is.
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   Old Thread  #60 19 Mar 2021 at 9.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Jon.
Lived in London all my life, although I appreciate the countryside I'm too much of a towny to move there and fully understand that others wouldn't dream of coming here.
For all its faults London is a great city and busy traffic is only to be expected but these schemes are madness and in some cases dangerous. I'm hoping common sense will prevail or I'm moving, not too far though, I still want the hustle and bustle within easy reach.

As I keep on saying folks is keep an eye out, whether or not these experiments stay or go in London it could be heading your way, who knows it could actually work in some places.
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   Old Thread  #59 19 Mar 2021 at 8.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Sounds a right shambles. Londoners, you have my sympathy.
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   Old Thread  #58 18 Mar 2021 at 9.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I don't know your area too well, but I've been in dull itch recently and didn't notice any barriers, and I use a lot of rat runs through streatham/Norwood to get there. I didn't notice much going to groin itch before Christmas either but I don't know any shortcuts that side of lordship Lane, Catford is always rammed anyway so I wouldn't really notice
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   Old Thread  #57 18 Mar 2021 at 8.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I don't know Ealing or west London that well but I've heard of that MP as she is the only Labour MP that's got any bottle.

I was on my bike today, red lights and I was in the cycle box and kept out of the way on the left. Lights changed and a car beeped me for no reason. Not all drivers are like that some see an old bloke puffing and panting and feel sorry for me

Around the back of Lewisham shopping centre there was an existing cycle lane and two vehicle lanes. They closed one road lane and put bollards in to make a second cycle lane (in the same direction as the original) and reduce the vehicle lanes down to one, because the bus can no longer get into the left hand lane they were forced to close the bus stop.
Now all vehicles must use the one vehicle lane which is now jammed. Busses are delayed and the emergency services get stuck, no one can move over to let them pass because of the bollards.
Both cycle lanes which are in the same direction are hardly used.
Why on earth is this encouraged and allowed to happen?
****ing bunch of muppets.
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   Old Thread  #56 18 Mar 2021 at 7.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wouldn't know, it's not an area I've worked in much. The changes in Chiswick are a pain too, but I've found them more logical so far.

I still don't get how they went from temporarily widening pavements for distancing, to segregated bike lanes everywhere. They cause obvious problems for drivers and emergency services, but the few times I've managed to cycle this year, I'm getting more aggressive driving when there's no barriers. Baring in mind most of London has a 20mph speed limit and I'll exceed that on most roads when safe to do so, there is no reason to overtake me. But I've had a lot of very close passes, overtaking just before turning left...
The barriers also make it much harder to get away from the slow/inexperienced cyclists wobbling all over the shop. Whereas before you could move out into the carriageway to overtake, doing that now is like a red flag to a bull with a lot of frustrated drivers
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   Old Thread  #55 18 Mar 2021 at 6.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The MP for Ealing is Rupa Huq who's Labour, she's very vocal, gets up in parliament, campaigns, says she wants consultation and voting on these schemes. She's very good and I'd vote for her if she was my MP.
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   Old Thread  #54 18 Mar 2021 at 5.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They chucked it all in during lockdown 1 with no notice or consultation.

To give an idea of how it's improving air quality, my job in Ealing the other week, I was 30 seconds away from the house I was working in, but with a freshly planted barrier in the way. I then had to sit in traffic for 25 minutes to get round the block to come in from the other end.

Like tin head said, in a lot of labour boroughs you have all these zones you can't get through, just in and out, usually the nicer houses with gardens, often forcing you to drive through the less affluent areas. The Ealing job I mentioned there is now a queue of traffic through a bunch of flats to get into the nice bit as well as a much slower queue of traffic on the main roads usually flanked by cheaper flats
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   Old Thread  #53 18 Mar 2021 at 4.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Central government offered individual boroughs money to implement emergency covid plans to encourage social distancing and promote cycling, because it was an emergency there was no need for the councils to do any consultation.
The strange thing is many Conservative boroughs did nothing or very little but many Labour boroughs took the money and set up these schemes that improve mainly affluent areas and displaces traffic onto roads where poorer people.
I'm not being blinkered here, but honestly the vast majority of these schemes favour the rich areas in poorer boroughs, it's so un-Labour like it's difficult to believe it's happening! If it were the other way around I could understand it.
Khan couldn't of known this was going to happen but he won't say anything against it.
My guess is TFL are going to get involved as the busses are just going nowhere in some places.

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   Old Thread  #52 18 Mar 2021 at 2.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Was it the result of a 48/52 vote?

But seriously, was the scheme just imposed on Londoners, or was it advertised as a Khan policy before he got voted in?
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   Old Thread  #51 17 Mar 2021 at 8.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
More divisive than Brexit!
Mark Ecclestone who features in the clip is a successful NIMBY screenwriter who doesnít want to share the burden of traffic and rather it was directed away from his affluent area onto roads where there are 4 schools.

Ignore at your peril. Coming to town near you
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How is impeding the emergency services an improvement?, would rather they left things as they were and give it to you the poor people so you can 'enjoy' the delays to your loved ones.

Now do your part, get out of your vehicle and get a bus because Boris wants to give you £3 billion.
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   Old Thread  #49 15 Mar 2021 at 8.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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"Londoner's whinging about billions spent on improving their high earning environment. Whilst 90year old ex Cheveley Park cryptographer Fanny, in Rhyl's bus routes are cancelled "
Would be one I reckon
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   Old Thread  #48 15 Mar 2021 at 8.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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He probably drives in the bus lanes and through the modal filter cameras.
He needs to ditch that Chelsea tractor and get on a Boris bike.
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   Old Thread  #47 15 Mar 2021 at 8.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's ridiculous, obviously I have to pass that on, and since the place isn't very secure and unoccupied insurance isn't really an option on the tools, so I need the van for the duration of the job. So I get penalised for needing a van but that plick sadiq can bowl about in a range rover?
I wish him luck on his reelection campaign
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   Old Thread  #45 15 Mar 2021 at 7.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I enjoy cycling to work when I can, but I have to move goods and tools about. Which means a van. I started my first job of the year in Hammersmith and Fulham this week. Traffic was 5hit, then I had to pay £60 to park for the day because its a diesel even though its euro 6
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To be honest I think they are both oblivious to what's really going on.
Boris announced money for new bus lanes. There's not many more lanes they can do in London so it will be mostly elsewhere.
Now encouraging people out of their cars onto busses (if they are reliable of course) can be a good thing but you wait until cars are held up, you might see some new faces on here contributing to the thread
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   Old Thread  #43 15 Mar 2021 at 6.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
He might have stopped for a chat if shouty bike bloke had had a mask on.

Does seem a rubbish scheme ... But it's one of the few areas that Khan and Johnson agree on, isn't it?
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   Old Thread  #42 15 Mar 2021 at 5.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not fire engines though


He won't listen, drives off in his 5 Litre polluting Range Rover
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   Old Thread  #41 12 Mar 2021 at 10.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's hopeful
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More room for emergency services?
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Just got this

Unfortunately I had to go to hospital via ambulance yesterday.. 5 hrs in A&E which was very stressful on your own when in pain ...
the ambulance crew of 2 were great with me and spent nearly 2hrs in my home before taking me too hospital...
one of the crew a fireman so nice been driving ambulances since December with other fire crew who were drafted in to get more ambulances out in this pandemic..
They said itís been an awful few months half of paramedics are in counselling as theyíve seen so much death ... they did say things have been slowing down re Covid cases ..
I also asked them if the LTNs have impacted the time they get to people .. they said YES very much so .. they didnít know about them when came in ... and they donít have/carry keys to access them ..


You don't have to live in London to experience this, it's happening everywhere. Edinburgh is the latest.
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Like at the Blackwall tunnel into London, where they use the O2 slip road then try and squeeze in 😡😡😡
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Others deliberately using the wrong lane and cutting in at the last moment are ****s
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I worked all over London, mainly central for at least 5 years, got to know all the rat runs and we were there when the original congestion charge zone was established, it was a case of getting your timing right in certain areas, I can remember travelling from Paddington to Spratts the plumbing merchants down the Fulham road to pick up some bits one day, 4 1/2 hours it took me, I could of walked there and back in an hour, use to really notice a difference in the traffic when the schools were on holiday, went up a couple of years ago with the grandkids, just driving about, and most of our little rat runs have been closed off with bollards etc, glad Iím not travelling up there every day now, I also think some of the traffic light timings can cause a lot of traffic build up, thereís a few I know of where they change with enough time to let 3 cars through, get some **** blocking the route and you soon get a build up, also think our attitudes donít help, always someone trying to gain an edge by cutting in, noticed in Munich when I was there, everyone sticks to the same speed, traffic lights and road regulations are adhered to and I never once saw a traffic build up in the week I was there, everything ran like clockwork.
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Tasting the air is about right

It's crazy doing the ride London, cycling around Surrey, up some of the hills is tough, but then on the final run into London, Wimbledon Hill is a killer, partly coz your knackered but also because the air is getting rough, and that's a mile south of the south circular, the air gets noticeably worse every mile from there

My throat is burning after a mile from my place, but dissapears by the time I get just 5 or 6 miles south, if boris can go 7miles I should be alright at 6
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   Old Thread  #34 25 Feb 2021 at 3.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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there's the nail hit on the head...

it's a really worthwhile ideal, but poorly executed plan / exploitation of the situation from local / regional government.

when I moved to London from the glorious wilderness of Walney Island, I was genuinely shocked at the amount of people who were younger than me who had breathing related issues / asthma and such. the common denominator was that they were all Londoners. I can remember 'tasting' the air when I was out and about.

if the planning of the routes is down to local government and there's no oversight then of course it's a mess.

Jon's got a point - surely Boris / Matt / Pritti know someone who used to have a scalextric or something....
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I've been onto my MP a couple of times and she's not benefitting at all. It's difficult for people to speak out because the idea of improving the environment is a worthy idea, the way they are doing it is just utter madness.
There was a landmark case of schoolgirl Ella Kissi-Debrah where it was proved that air pollution was a major cause of her death. She lived on the South Circular road in London. Since these changes the South Circular which has always been polluted is gridlocking far far more and the pollution levels that have always failed standards have risen even more. The rise in traffic on the road where she died has been caused by displaced traffic from a nearby LTN, a small affluent area that has been gentrified. When the ULEZ is extended that road will carry much more non-compliant polluting vehicles.
By the way Ella's mum Rosamund Kissi-Debrah is now understandably against all of this.

Yes we all want healthier, greener streets and more cycling but this is doing the opposite to many parts of London.

Beware if they bring this in your area without consultation.




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   Old Thread  #32 25 Feb 2021 at 3.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Barricading streets with planters made out of old pallets filled with dirt and a few flowers does seem a bit crude, and the emergency vehicle access is important.

I would imagine those pillars that sink into the ground when you approach in a vehicle with the appropriate black box thing on the dash would be cheaper than cameras and be a decent solution.

I'm sure a cabinet minister could persuade a mate with no experience whatsoever to set up an 'Urban Access Solutions' company through which the govt could pay well over the odds for them.
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It seems to be worse in the labour controlled boroughs
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this is a genuine question - have you contacted your local MP? or is s/he one of the ones benefiting from the lovely flowers and quiet street?

You'd think Labour would be on it if they can get a dig in....
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I'm more concerned that emergency ambulances are losing their freedom of movement when migrating patients to A&E
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   Old Thread  #28 25 Feb 2021 at 1.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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"Oh yes it is...."
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   Old Thread  #27 25 Feb 2021 at 1.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Most certainly had my pants down. If you read my posts I've mentioned a few times about local corruption.
Last time was post #2169 in the News thread

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I know what you're trying to do Jon but moving to another borough 10 miles away is hardly migrating.
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   Old Thread  #26 25 Feb 2021 at 1.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's been that way for a long time, they aren't supposed to have the sirens on if you cant move without going through the red, but I see coppers doing it all the time, sirens on, hitting the horn, shouting to move etc
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   Old Thread  #25 25 Feb 2021 at 12.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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that stinks

Tinhead - at the risk of sounding personal... it sounds like those councillors have had people's pants down...

you're right in terms of the questions of course. it's very easy to design a questionnaire that fools people into think if they say 'Yes' then they'll get the benefit over others...

and it's one of many policies / regulations / laws that have been snuck through while we're all looking at covid slides

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   Old Thread  #24 25 Feb 2021 at 12.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Migrate - to move from one place to another.
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   Old Thread  #23 25 Feb 2021 at 12.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The cycle bollards in tooting are causing a lot of that with ambulances, plus if you go through a red light to let one through you can't use it as a defence when you get the fine/points
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   Old Thread  #22 25 Feb 2021 at 12.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm not going to migrate
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   Old Thread  #21 25 Feb 2021 at 12.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Seen it in Dulwich Village so where the schools are there's more traffic and fumes plus with King's being nearby the Ambulances are getting stuck in gridlocks.
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   Old Thread  #20 25 Feb 2021 at 12.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A dirtbox at the end of a road is a cheaper solution
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   Old Thread  #19 25 Feb 2021 at 12.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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So you're thinking of using your freedom of movement to migrate to somewhere nicer to live?

Lucky you.
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   Old Thread  #18 25 Feb 2021 at 11.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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When people are polled they are asked 'do you want streets that have less traffic, cleaner and greener streets'
Of course most people will say YES but in reality only a minority get it and it's bringing parts of London to a standstill.
10 minutes journeys are often take 30+ minutes and I tell you honestly that's no an exaggeration

It's not just LTN it's cycle lanes. I think cycling is a great idea but when you put bollards in a two lane road to make one lane for cycling and one for vehicles the vehicle lane get clogs up and the ambulances can't get through .
I've seen it ambulances blues and two's blaring stuck for vital minutes not being able to move. It's horrible.


I'm fortunate to be in a position to sell up, move out and get a bigger property but until these schemes were devised that never entered my mind.

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BTW these LTN's were brought in under the guise of emergency covid restrictions without any public consultation and surprise surprise two local councillors near to me have managed to put their homes inside a LTN and tweet how fantastic it is.
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   Old Thread  #17 25 Feb 2021 at 11.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's what has happened in Wandsworth, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham, probably others I haven't seen.
The signage of a lot of them is poor, I've had a few tickets through the post from it, and I'm expecting another few from Ealing from last week, I couldn't find a route to a job without going through at least one
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   Old Thread  #16 25 Feb 2021 at 10.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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twice as many.... that's better than a 52 / 48 % split eh?

sarcasm aside, you can see why the emergency services are opposed to it. surely anpr cameras and an 'emergency vehicles only sign would be a better option?
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   Old Thread  #15 25 Feb 2021 at 9.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
According to The Times

Polling has suggested twice as many people support low-traffic neighbourhoods as oppose them

The prime minister has vowed to ďcrack onĒ with road schemes designed to reduce the dominance of cars


Will of the people, innit.
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   Old Thread  #14 25 Feb 2021 at 8.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Don't think that this won't ever happen to you, this can easily happen to anywhere in the country.
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   Old Thread  #13 12 Feb 2021 at 10.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
From the Sunday Telegraph

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Criminal in my opinion
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   Old Thread  #12 21 Oct 2020 at 11.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Coming to a town near you?

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   Old Thread  #11 21 Oct 2020 at 0.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm not going to subscribe to FT to read that but I've read that elsewhere.
If I buy an electric car then going into the zone won't be a problem.
What will be a problem is next years ULEZ extension will mean the most polluting cars will be travelling just outside concentrating the pollution in one area. Then if the Congestion charge is also extended then you have a double whammy of cars just outside causing even more jams and pollution.
I'm not panicking just yet but I can see myself moving to a Cul De Sac a little bit further out and avoiding the area at all costs.

Getting back to the petition in post #1 I wish I never made it about London as it can happen anywhere.
I'm still seeing ambulances being delayed
They sent a helicopter to a pedestrian who got run over on the South Circular/ Burnt Ash junction last month but unfortunately they had to turn off his life support system the other day
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   Old Thread  #10 21 Oct 2020 at 0.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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FFS
They should pay me £15 to drive in lewisham, not the other way round
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   Old Thread  #9 20 Oct 2020 at 11.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Congestion Charge expansion on the cards

Oh dear.
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   Old Thread  #8 10 Oct 2020 at 11.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I saw another ambulance delayed today
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   Old Thread  #7 10 Oct 2020 at 10.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Signed
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   Old Thread  #6 10 Oct 2020 at 1.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Another problem is apps such as Waze when the app works out you can save a few seconds by go going down a narrow residential road such as mine. Now we have commercial vehicles from all over the country (their livery gives it away) going down roads they wouldn't normally be aware of.
The link in post #1 has only been going a day and it's already had 7600+ votes

Anyone who thinks ambulances being delayed is wrong can they add to the petition please
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   Old Thread  #5 9 Oct 2020 at 7.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well Bob its certainly getting a lot worse with swathes of the suburbs closing off areas especially around schools placing those horrid wooden planters at the entrance to roads, in saying that i do agree with the areas around schools being closed to traffic, hopefully it will stop all the idiots in their Chelsea tractors dropping their kids off at the entrance to the school....the only problem is the restrictions ive seen run right through the weekend when the schools arent even open! And the affect it has is it pushes all of the traffic onto the main roads with the inevitable gridlock
Last Saturday i drove from E14 to SW19, around 12 or so miles....travel time two hours
Today i had the journey from hell from Swiss Cottage NW3 to home in SE9 which was 17 miles....travel time three hours!!!I think it took an hour to drive the length of Hackney road alone, And i saw two or three ambulances struggling to move through the traffic with their blue lights on
Personally i'd ban Uber and any other speculative taxi companies that operate in a similar manner as they represent tens of thousands of vehicles snarling up the city centre in the hope of scoring a booking, they may be hybrid or electric vehicles but the congestion they cause by just being there is huge.....not to mention sitting in their cars in hard to find parking spaces without actually paying to park, and before anyone mentions it i'm not up there for the fun of it or for a day out, i actually have to work there, luckily not everyday!
Why anyone would own or drive a car for pleasure in central London is beyond me
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   Old Thread  #4 9 Oct 2020 at 11.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Seems there are other parts of the UK affected.
I wish I retitled the thread now

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   Old Thread  #3 9 Oct 2020 at 10.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'll be just outside the extended ULEZ when it extends next October so I'll be have the pleasure of all those polluting vehicles driving past avoiding it.
As much as I love London in so many ways maybe it's time to move out a little?
Plenty of reports but I witnessed an ambulance getting stuck myself the other day for 5 minutes which seemed like eternity, it's not nice to see.
Bus drivers have been given permission to do unofficial reroutes up residential streets, doing 3 point turns and mounting the pavement it's crazy!
Local council doesn't listen and says the schemes are a success so I contacted my MP and she said contact the council.
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   Old Thread  #2 9 Oct 2020 at 10.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's amazing how quickly its gone from the best air quality I remember to the worst!

It reminds me of the 6 months prior to the congestion charge coming in, I'm convinced they tweaked the signal timings to cause congestion, before letting it flow when the charge started to make it look like it had an effect. I bet everything frees up and air quality is markedly better when the ulez zone expands in April!
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   Old Thread  #1 9 Oct 2020 at 9.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Much of London is in gridlock. Inconvenience for some but it's got to the point where ambulances and emergency services are getting stuck. Please read and consider signing this petition, you may save a life
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