Let me start off by saying I love London, visit several times a year and this is not an attack. Well it is an attack sort of but meant to be constructive.
Yesterday I visited London for Record Store Day with my brother. We always park at Perivale as it is next to the M40 and easy to get away if we leave late evening which we invariably do. It took 1 hour and 30 minutes from Solihull to reach the car park. Pretty good. All set for a nice day in sunny London except not at all.
The tube station at Tottenham Court road was closed. No sweat we would get off at Oxford Circus and walk. Except that the Central line stopped at North Acton – two stops away from the starting point. Then we had to get a bus to Wood Lane, take the Hammersmith line to Baker Street and the Jubilee line to Oxford Circus. With an 18 minute wait for the first train at Perivale and all the shenanigans in between and the walk from Oxford Street it took one hour and 45 minutes. That’s right – longer than the 108 miles from Birmingham to London. There were no notices at Perivale station of the impending inconvenience neither did the assistant sitting behind his glass cage warn us. Had we have known we would have got back in the car and parked somewhere nearer and more convenient.
Just over a year ago it cost £7.40 for a day railcard on the tube, rising to £9.60 the last time I visited (2 months ago?) and now £12.00.
Our time in the Centre of London was slightly marred by the pissed up louts everywhere we went basically acting like assholes at the first opportunity. Oh and then I got raped by being charged £15.00 for two SMALL glasses of red wine.
Last week I was in New York. Our Hotel was next to Times Square. A days metro card on their subway was $9.00 – about half the London rate. Times Square was packed at night with revellers, all happy and having fun. No Menace in the air. No alcohol to be seen.
I know which scene was more pleasant.
A note to Boris Johnson – clean up the streets of the Capital before you attempt to take control of the country. If your pricing policy for the London Underground is reflected in what you would bring to the Country as a whole then fuck off somewhere else with your ego.