The nightmare that is London transport


Hunter spent yesterday evening with Micheal, an ex, in Clapham, south London. Six pounds to get into the Two Brewers (affectionately known in that part of town as the "Two Sewers"). Do check out their website - it's really cool. Pam Ann was good, as was Sandra and Dave Lynne. The place was packed to the rafters, had there been a fire, well I dread to think...

Left the venue after 11pm and, would you believe it, missed the last tube train. An hour waiting in the cold and rain eating a wet McDonald's cheeseburger - not a nice experience. Finally took a bus from Clapham to Liverpool Street and another bus back to Tottenham. Didn't get through the door until gone 2am. Not sure it was worth it, but there were some very friendly and interesting people there and a cute couple from Crouch End! Also quite enjoyed bopping along to this song. Couldn't, though, do the dance routine for Scooch's Flying the Flag.

Now, why is it not possible to have the tubes running for twenty-four hours at weekends and public holidays as they do in cities like Berlin? Why are our night buses so infrequent and badly routed? From Clapham, there are plenty of night buses going to Dulwich and Peckham but not Trafalgar Square. It really is dreadful - no doubt Livingstone is partly to blame for this mess. What must tourists think of our chaotic and expensive transport system?

16 comments:

Croydonian said...

You should have gone to Clapham Junction - trains run all night to Victoria (and Croydon...).

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Is that an offer, Mr. C?

Croydonian said...

Not as such, rather I was pointing out one of the manifest advantages of living in these parts.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

What a let down - CM would have been hoffied at the thought. When I next visit Croydon, I'll give you a bell.

Croydonian said...

Please do.

David Allen said...

and you might find Croydon rather more politically-congenial than N17, H!

Neil said...

Totally agree with you (god a Lib dem agreeing with a Tory!) about poor night bus routes. I live in Loughton which has the benefit of a tube station, but no night bus. So I either have otn leave central London to get the ));15 tube from oxford circus (sad i know the times!) or a night bus to woodford or walthamstow, then a 12 pound cab.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Almost had a heart attack - thought you were Neill Williams for a second or two! Welcome to my blog, Neil, and feel free to leave comments. Have now added you to my blog roll.

One of the first elections I campaigned in was in Epping - High Beech Ward (a rich man's goldmine was how a Labour activist described it to me! Needless to say, we won the election...)

Given that Clapham is, I think, in Zone One and I had such difficulties getting home to Zone Three, I can’t imagine what it’s like to get home from central London to places like Epping and Loughton using night buses.

David Allen said...

We could do with more frequent night buses _ and fewer buses during the day. Empty buses pumping out disgusting diesel fumes seem to be everywhere thanks to car-hater Ken _ a few of them rescheduled to a night service would be a rela boon to Londoners as well as reduce daytime congestion _ but then wants congestion, doesn't he, as an excuse to levy more taxes and persecute private motorists...

Croydonian said...

Clapham's zone two.

I once had the pleasure of getting a night bus from Loughton to Ongar and then having a four mile cross country walk in freezing fog to get home. You youngsters today.....

Duncan Borrowman said...

http://tinyurl.com/2hkv3p

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Thanks, Duncan. With Lib Dem Voice about to be consigned to the history bin of blogs, I wonder if this blog will replace it? Of course there will be a different emphasis and direction!

I think it's fair to say that transport, especially at weekends, is crap across London. As David suggests, we want fewer buses rattling around Trafalgar Square during the day and more in the evenings and early hours. It beats me why, to my knowledge, no mayoral candidate of any party has ever championed later tubes/better night bus provisions.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

PS. This problem, Duncan, is one to get your teeth into should you be elected to the GLA...

Duncan Borrowman said...

Teeth sharpened

Neil said...

Thanks Croydonian... but yes some of are wimps!

Justin- Never met Neil Williams... but as Leader of the Lib Dem group who nearly doubled the amount of councillors last May, I take that as a compliment. High Beech... strange community... but very def Tory. Are you trying to say in a roundabout way that as you know Epping Forest you are happy to campaign for the Lib dems here? LOL

Neil said...

PS is spelt with 2 o's 'Woollcott'