London is like a city under seige or martial law if you’re a driver. Everywhere barriers across roads, tank-trap style traffic-calming measures, the interminable and eerily deserted roadworks resembling makeshift militia checkpoints. At any time the authorities can paralyse London’s roads and with increasing regularity they are doing just that. Right now, past midnight, there are thousands of people caught in traffic gridlock north and south of the river. If you listen carefully you can hear Mayor Livingstone and his cronies laughing their arses off as a plan comes together.
The routes across the Thames are few and far between once you pass Tower Bridge heading East. There’s the Rotherhithe Tunnel (closed at night), the Blackwall Tunnel (closed tonight and all today due to a spillage and generally as reliable as a meth-smoking babysitter), then there is the Woolwich ferry (closed at night) and finally, many miles away the Dartford Tunnel. East London needs at least two more crossings, but this would ease a problem the authorities are purposefully creating, so will never happen.
“The problem is caused by too much traffic” the brain-washed, dead-eyed INGSOC acolytes will tell you. Not the constant roadworks, not the bus lanes, not the blocked roads, not the traffic lights every thirty yards. “The problem” they say “is too many cars. The problem is you. The roads would be fine if people didn’t keep driving cars on them.” This mantra absolves them from responsibility for the huge inconvenience caused by their studied actions and inactions, for only when the road system is completely ruined will people abandon their cars.
Greenwich council, with the backing of King Rat, is conducting a “survey” of congestion with a mind to introduce their own congestion tax. They are doing this at a time when Greenwich High Street is closed to traffic, and two other major roadworks are in effect between Greenwich and the Blackwall Tunnel. As such, any dainty straw that flutters onto the camel’s back brings immediate collapse. Here, as elsewhere in London, the plan of sabotage is clear. The authorities are systematically destroying our road network to create congestion and bring in new taxes. Paranoid? As Hunter S Thompson said, “the paranoids were right.”