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Engineering work on the Tube spoils festival events

PUBLISHED: 00:57 23 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:23 05 October 2010

Dear Ed, JONATHAN Fryer in his letter refers to a coordinated’ transport system for London rather than an integrated one. I agree that planned engineering works often spoil events, like those during last year’s Greenwich & Docklands festival when punters were forced onto expensive riverboats

Dear Ed,

JONATHAN Fryer in his letter refers to a coordinated’ transport system for London rather than an integrated one (Advertiser Website Letters, May 22).

I agree that planned engineering works often spoil events, like those during last year’s Greenwich & Docklands festival weekend when an important link between Canary Wharf and the O2 at Greenwich Peninsular was severed by curtailment on the Jubilee Line—punters were forced onto expensive riverboats.

What I am less enthusiastic about is an increase in journey time on buses which make their way into congested transport hubs in the pursuit of providing a more accessible service.

Buses often stack up’ during peak times at Stratford and Walthamstow bus stations, as a result of traffic signals allowing just a few onto the main road at a time.

Canary Wharf is another example where D7 buses call, before venturing to the rest of the Isle of Dogs. Another is the 108 which negotiates a circuitous route round the Greenwich peninsula calling at the O2 before deciding to stall for a while because it’s running early.

No wonder people would rather turn to their cars!

Gavin McGrath

Meadow Close, Hackney Wick


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