Nico Macdonald | Spy   Communication, facilitation, research and consultancy around design and technology

London: still stuck in a jam
spiked, 19 March 2007
Four years on, the Congestion Charge hasn’t got Londoners moving faster. It is a failure of policy, and a failure of imagination

102 Seddon House
Barbican, London
United Kingdom
[was 103 Seddon House]

 Online map (from Google)


The piece argues that the Congestion Charge doesn’t appear to be designed to reduce driving in central London during the busiest periods. At the same time as traditional ways of managing traffic congestion and flow been relegated, London is continually being made less accessible. It contends that a number of elements have been lost from London's transport policy: ambition, imagination and innovation, and humanism, and looks at the increasing tendency blame to blame drivers. Noting the lack of appreciate for the researchers, engineers, designers and craftsmen who create the automobile, it considers the consequences of presenting people as the problem. It concludes on the attack on people's living standards and freedoms represented by initiatives such as the Congestion Charge. Article on spiked Environment.


Comments on the piece can be posted to my related journal entry.


Full footnotes are available on request.

Last updated:
Nico Macdonald | Spy 2007