• Short Summary

    EXPERTS BELIEVE THAT PASSENGER TRANSPORT IN LONDON IS NOW NEARING BREAKING POINT AND POSSIBLE CHAOS BECAUSE OF THE INCREASING NUMBER OF TRAVELLERS DURING THE PEAK HOURS IN THE MORNING AND EARLY EVENING.

  • Description

    EXPERTS BELIEVE THAT PASSENGER TRANSPORT IN LONDON IS NOW NEARING BREAKING POINT AND POSSIBLE CHAOS BECAUSE OF THE INCREASING NUMBER OF TRAVELLERS DURING THE PEAK HOURS IN THE MORNING AND EARLY EVENING.

    LONDON TRANSPORT (WHICH RUNS THE BUS AND "UNDERGROUND" TRAIN SERVICES), AND BRITISH RAILWAYS HAVE TRIED TO KEEP SERVICES GOING BY MODERNISING ROLLING STOCK, SPEEDING UP TIME TABLES, PROVIDING GREATER SEATING AND LONGER TRAINS.BUT SOME STATIONS ARE NOW REACHING THE POINT WHERE THEY CANNOT HANDLE ANY MORE PASSENGERS.

    AT PRESENT, WITHIN THREE HOURS EACH MORNING ABOUT 1,400,000 PEOPLE CROWD INTO LONDON FROM THE SUBURBS -- AN INCREASE OF EIGHT PER CENT IN THE PAST SIX YEARS.AND THERE IS STILL NO SIGH THAT THE RISE IN THE NUMBER OF TRAVELLERS HAS YET REACHED ITS PEAK.

    MOST OF THE TRAVELLERS ARE NOW MAKING LONGER JOURNEYS AS MORE FAMILIES MOVE OUT TO NEW HOUSING ESTATES AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENTS OUTSIDE GREATER LONDON.

    SOME OF THE LARGEST CROWDS POUR INTO LONDON BRIDGE STATION -- ONE OF HALF A DOZEN TERMINAL STATIONS WHICH HANDLE TRAVELLERS FROM THE SOUTHERN REGION OF KENT, SURREY AND SUSSEX, WHERE THE GREATEST INCREASE IN POPULATION IS TAKING PLACE.

    ALTOGETHER 328,000 TRAVELLERS MAKE THEIR JOURNEY INTO LONDON BY THE "SOUTHERN ELECTRIC" SYSTEM OF BRITISH RAILWAYS, FROM AS FAR AS THE SOUTH, COASTS, EACH MORNING.MANY OF THESE PASSENGERS HAVE A JOURNEY OF AN HOUR OR LONGER AND MANY FIND STANDING ROOM ONLY.

    ONCE THEY HAVE ARRIVED AT THE LONDON TERMINAL STATION, MOST HAVE A FURTHER JOURNEY BY BUS OR THE UNDERGROUND, BOTH RUN BY THE LONDON TRANSPORT BOARD.LONDON'S TRANSPORT UNDERTAKING HAS OFTEN BEEN DESCRIBED AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD, BUT BETWEEN EIGHT AND NINE IN THE MORNING -- AND AGAIN AT THE EVENING PEAK HOUR -- IT HARDLY KEEPS PACE WITH THE CROWDS.AT THE LEAST DELAY, THE CROWDS PILE UP, AND QUEUES OF PASSENGERS STRETCH SOMETIMES FOR A HUNDRED YARDS OR MORE.

    SO FAR, LONDON TRANSPORT HAS COPED BY STREAMLINING ITS SERVICES AND INTRODUCING BIGGER BUSES, WITH MORE SEATING.BUT APART FROM THE PEAK HOURS, ITS BUSES AND TRAINS REMAIN THREE QUARTERS EMPTY FOR THE REST OF THE DAY.

    WHILE THE PEOPLE MOVE OUT OF LONDON AND ITS CRAMPED INNER SUBURDS, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE HAVE TO TRAVEL TO LONDON FOR WORK.FOR ALMOST EVERYWHERE IN THE CENTRE OF LONDON, THERE ARE SIGNS OF THE BUILDING BOOM OF GREAT BID OFFICE BLOCKS WHERE THOUSANDS WORK, INSTEAD OF THE HUNDREDS BEFORE THE REBUILDING.

    ONE EXAMPLE IS THE STRIKING SHELL BUILDING ON LONDON'S SOUTH BANK, WHICH HAS A STAFF OF 5,000 WHERE ONLY A FEW HUNDRED WORKED A FEW YEARS AGO.SUCH AN INCREASE IN ONE VERY SMALL AREA COULD QUICKLY REDUCE THE LOCAL TRANSPORT TO CHAOS AND SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS HAD TO BE MADE TO STAGGER WORKING HOURS.

    WORK IS ALSO GOING AHEAD ON A NEW UNDERGROUND LINE IN CENTRAL LONDON -- THE FIRST SUCH PROJECT FOR 55 YEARS.THE MAIN AIM OF THE NEW LINE -- WHICH WILL HAVE ONLY 12 STATIONS -- IS TO RELIEVE THE STRAIN ON THE PRESENT SERVICES IN THE WEST END AND CENTRAL LONDON.BUT IT WILL NOT BE COMPLETED UNTIL 1969.

    MEANWHILE, LONDON IS BARELY KEEPING PACE WITH ITS GROWTH, AND EVEN SMALL DELAYS -- NEARLY ALWAYS UNAVOIDABLE -- PRODUCE TRAFFIC JAMS WHICH DELAY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS.AND IT TAKES ONLY ONE BIG DELAY TO SNARL TRAFFIC ENTIRELY, REDUCING LONDON TO A STATE OF CHAOS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1NRZU85997QCXSESEZHOQF75Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA1NRZU85997QCXSESEZHOQF75Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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