In and around London there is a serious traffic issue that has been turned into a major money making fiasco by both the government, but especially the mayors office – whom have yet to table an effective plan.
So here is mine (and it costs a fortune)
The London orbital motorway (the M25) is beyond bursting point for 20hrs of a 24hr day, so put in two direct central London access motorways – predominantly running underground.
This requires several things;
Major central car parking design close to Tube Stations.
A vehicle age limit and vehicle type set of restrictions.
A basic toll to pay for it’s upkeep.
First the Car Park;
Hyde Park… Dig it up and dig it deep, very deep.
Basically build a massive subterranean car park to take at 100 thousand cars. Hyde park actually has several tube lines running beneath it – so open them up and build new stations.
Put in effective fire suppression equipment and security surveillance with instant response.
Put the park back on top of it..
Vehicle age and type restrictions;
No vehicle over 10yrs old can use it.
No commercial vehicles except taxis, that means no vans, trucks or coaches – Emergency vehicles would be exempt this restriction.
This would drastically cut down congestion, accidents and carbon footprint.
Goods and commercial vehicles will have greater freedom and less likely to be caught up in extensive traffic jams burning valuable fuel etc.
Based on the fact that most air and ventilation systems can be filtered and all these thousands of cars will have somewhere to actually park, London won’t just become far more accessible but cleaner too.
The Motorways would have to be big, very big – at least 8 lanes in either direction with clever lane systems for the central intersection. But all this should secure direct access to the capitol for years to come.
It would also mean that it would only take about 25 minutes to traverse the Capitol rather than the one to two hours it now does.
While a major project, it would be cost effective and probably profitable (unlike the Channel Tunnel) with very little real estate to purchase and the possiblity to offer and allow greater access, means more business for london, less pain on the trains and so on. But another issue it resloves for London is the supply of power to the central area. Underneaith the new system, they can install large scale power conduits, removing a very longstanding and expensive issue indeed.
Also, with service access, emergency services would probably seriously improve their responce times.
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