Contact the Evening Standard about the London Congestion Charge
by Martin Belam, 23 February 2003
The Evening Standard, London's evening newspaper, has provided an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org to contact them about Londons congestion charge. I suggest you email them with your positive experiences, like I have done.
Thank you for your in-depth coverage of the introduction of the London Congestion Charge over the last week, and I am delighted that you have provided an opportunity for the people of London to write and explain their experiences of the Congestion Charge.
I work right in the middle of the Congestion Charge zone, at the junction between Kingsway and Holborn, directly above Holborn station. On the first day of the charge I was dismayed to find that on my journey to work the Piccadilly line was suspended, so instead of changing at Finsbury Park I remained on the Victoria line and alighted at Euston. I then got the 91 bus down to Holborn. I have to say I was dreading the journey, as it can take any length of time between 20 to 35 minutes, and it can often be quicker to walk. Imagine my surprise when the journey took less than 10 minutes, and I still managed to get to work on time.
I was even more surprised at lunchtime. You may be aware there are currently road works at the Kingsway / Holborn junction, which has severely restricted pedestrian access to the crossing between Holborn station and the Sainsbury's on the corner opposite. At lunchtime I was astonished to be able to walk across the road when the red man was showing, when the previous week it was difficult to cross the junction when even the green man was showing. I used to pick my way through cars, vans, taxis and buses that had never understood what a box junction meant, and on several occasions I was sworn at by drivers who did not understand that the green man symbol at a road junction meant the pedestrian had right of way.
I very much look forward to reporters like Isabel Oakeshott and David Williams on your paper covering the experiences of Londoners like me in the same depth that you covered the experiences of Fitzgerald Johnson, Stephan Toth, and Lisa Kattenhorn on Friday.
all the best,