Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PROTEST; Have You Reached the End of the Line with Transport in the Capital? Here We Dedicate a Weekly Page to Your Stories of Travelling in London

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PROTEST; Have You Reached the End of the Line with Transport in the Capital? Here We Dedicate a Weekly Page to Your Stories of Travelling in London

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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

ON the evening of 19 July there was an altercation over parking in Miranda Road, Islington.

There was nothing unusual in this because this is the only area near Archway Tube, the Whittington Hospital and the A1 without any parking controls.

From 6.30am every day there is a huge number of cars looking for parking, which results in inevitable disputes.

However, in this incident instead of the usual heated words, a disabled man on crutches was struck on the head and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance.

In addition, a number of police cars attended. But the ambulance that attended could not turn into Miranda Road because cars were parked illegally across it.

So it had to reverse back down the narrow road.

This year alone there have been five car tyres slashed, a house door smashed in and house windows broken in roadrage incidents in Miranda Road and nearby.

All these streets are so narrow that two cars cannot pass abreast, which exacerbates the problems.

Islington council have been alerted to this issue over many months but is yet to take action.

Until someone is actually killed in an accident, I assume it will continue to take no action.

The logical council response should be to extend the existing controlled parking restrictions into the area.

I have petitioned local residents and 90 per cent would support parking controls.

Gordon Collins, N19.

BUSES

Having half an hour to spare to get from Tavistock Square near Russell Square to Cavendish Square off Regent Street on a hot afternoon earlier this month, I decided to take a bus rather than descend into the Underground for two stops.

The journey down Oxford Street was so slow even sauntering tourists were overtaking us. After 30 minutes sitting downstairs at the back of the bus for what I thought would be a 10-minute journey, I jumped off the bus in frustration only to discover a line of more than 20 buses ahead of us, nose to tail. …

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