WOT NO CAR?
Well this pretty much speaks for itself. Car journeys have become a laborious chore into cities nowadays. The rise of car ownership coupled with the increase in expectations on the average worker and the cost of public transport has lead to a huge increase in the level of car journeys into major cities and towns over recent years.
This has all happened in the face of exhorbitant rises in fuel prices which show little sign of abating.
Sadly, the problems don’t stop there. Not only do you face the staggering petrol prices, you then have to pay for the pleasure of the slow drive through the Capital. The congestion charge applies for most of the day; between the hours of 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday. Click here for the full guide.
Living in these green times, too, we can’t ignore the impact on the environment that the increasing number of cars have on the Capital’s roads, too. Studies show that the pollution levels in London are the worst in the UK and are also the poorest in the whole of Europe.
And it’s getting worse. In the year 2000, a study showed that there was only a single site in London that exceeded the EU guidelines for air pollution. By 2007 the statistic had risen to 9 sites. Click here for the full report.
It’s also official, London driving can turn you mad! Driving around major cities can be painfully slow. In fact, in the rush hour there’s little doubt that running into work can be quicker than driving. The sheer weight of traffic, combined with other obstacles such as ramps, lightning quick traffic lights and slow chugging buses can transpire to make the driving experience horrendous.
The bus lane is another source of frustration to the driver. One bus to one lane whilst the rest of the driving public crawls by at a snails pace looking at the half empty bus. Adam Lovejoy put this satirical yet meaningful piece together highlighting how anyone might feel whilst driving through the city.