Tuesday 20 May 2008

More transport woes

The biggest London news story today was that concerning the route 188 bus which hit a tree on Tower Bridge Road, killing one person and injuring 18 others. It isn't yet apparent exactly what transpired in order that the incident occurred; although as the deceased was crushed by falling branches from trees along the road it seems likely that trees had something to do with it; even more so when the press are so quick to point out that the trees are owned and maintained by TfL (Transport for London). Although this happened at 9:45 this morning evening rush hour traffic was still being affected.

On a more local and immediate level the traffic situation around New Charlton and what is popularly called "The Low Road" (Woolwich Road) has not improved in the last 24 hours. The situation of the roadworks on the Woolwich Road blocking traffic coming down Charlton Church Lane has now been exacerbated by further roadworks (the signal controlled type) on Charlton Church Lane itself. Add this to the closure of Pound Park Road (which messes up any traffic coming over the level crossing) and the whole area is now something resembling a large car park. Do the utility companies (and I assume the Council) not apply ANY logic when deciding the scheduling of these works?

I recommend that anyone travelling from Charlton towards North Greenwich takes the 422 and not the 486 for the foreseeable future.