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Public transport is not the answer to air pollution

Like many things in life, it is a case of idealism vs practicality. It would be
great if the air could be kept green and safe via mass public transport, but it
is simply not feasible with the current levels of infrastructure in place.

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Air pollution is the new global warming. Starting from a few discordant rumblings, it too has progressed from an annoyance to an incredibly serious issue. It’s not an overly new problem, ever since the industrial revolution the fumes of cities have been a constant issue and it’s not the severity of the issue that has grown but rather the recognition of it. Noxious gases have not become markedly more dangerous in recent years; the density of the fumes has certainly increased but the lethality of them is greatly reduced. What has happened is serious research has been done into the smog that affects many cities and the damage that it is doing to people’s health. Their results are shocking, mainly because the lay the blame largely on the massive rise in automotives on the roads in recent years. It’s hardly surprising: in almost every location cars are omnipresent, an essential part of life that few can do without. What hasn’t really been considered before is that the common objects of everyday life might be the great killers.

 

The situation is in many ways similar to cigarettes. The slender tubes have gone from being ubiquitous to revile in a few short decades as the damage that they cause is revealed. Whereas once it was common to smoke everywhere, now even social smokers cannot enjoy one unless they are outside of any enclosed public space. Society has formed a tight knit wall against them, determined to force them out by sheer pressure. Such a tactic is beginning to be used against cars. There is a sense of shame now, not affluence, about owning two cars. Surely one knows the damage that they do to the environment and to one’s family? If anything, no cars is now considered a sign of moral superiority as more and more people are urged to take public transport.

 

One has to wonder though, how on earth would the capital cope if everyone stopped driving their own car or booking minicabs online, and instead started using public transport? Our systems are not built for bus after bus stopping one in front of the other repeatedly. Things would slow to a crawl above ground, whereas underground there would be chaos. The tube is not built to handle such extreme numbers: it struggles to cope with the demands placed upon it now, especially in rush hour. The waits would be horrendous, the tightly packed carriages awful. It is a nightmare already seen in several eastern countries, where commuters are literally packed into trains by guards who use soft, spatula like devices to keep passengers compact.

 

Like many things in life, it is a case of idealism vs practicality. It would be great if the air could be kept green and safe via mass public transport, but it is simply not feasible with the current levels of infrastructure in place. Work should made not to limit travel and independence, but to make cars cleaner and more eco friendly. The last thing anyone needs is to get to a state where booking minicabs online brings up a warning about air pollution, a nanny state where social pressure is used to discourage any deviation from the norm.

 

Author Information:  Bradford is a professional writer who enjoys writing about various topics for a wide range of magazines, newspapers and blogs about Location cars Taxi Company. To know more about his writings Visit http://locationcars.co.uk/

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The palace is still very much a working building

In the heart of Westminster, the home to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Cathedral, there is so much to see in Victoria.

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London Victoria is truly special. Named after the all mighty monarch Queen Victoria herself, this district is one to explore. London is a highly demanding city and us Londoners like to get things done quickly and efficiently. The capital isn’t known for taking its time and many locals and commuters don’t have the time to hang around, hence the creation of cockney rhyming slang but for most, unless you are a true Londoner, this language will take up more of your time rather than save it.  Whilst public transport is a wonderful thing, for those who are in no rush and want to take in all this district has to offer, it is recommended to get from A to B by one of the minicabs in Victoria.

 

In the heart of Westminster, the home to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Cathedral, there is so much to see in Victoria. Buckingham Palace is exceptionally popular as it is has been the official London residence for the country’s monarch since 1837. ‘’I’m off to London to see the Queen” is what many tourists boast to others. The palace is still very much a working building, and houses the offices of those who contribute to the day-to-day activities and duties of the royal family. As well as the State Rooms open to the public, one of the recent attractions to the palace is the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress exhibition. The sensational wedding was a global hit with two billion people watching worldwide. The dress, shoes and jewels have now been on display for over a year, and has seen over a million visitors throughout the summer months. This exhibition is open between winter months December and February and summer months August to September. The palace is truly breathtaking, there is so much history to learn and art to be admired. You may even be lucky enough to snap a picture of one of the Queen’s Guards.

 

Unfortunately, London isn’t known for its warm and pleasant weather. Always prepare for the worst when you are exploring around town. Victoria minicabs are the best way to travel in terms of comfort, speed, efficiency and views. Being stuck in the London underground with suitcases and a carriage full of tired and irritable commuters is not a pleasant experience for one who wants adventure. By taking a cab you have a private tour of Victoria at a great price. The area is second nature to London’s cab drivers so you won’t have to experience the dreaded taxi meter multiplying by the second as you sit in traffic. Most London minicabs are cash only so be sure you have enough money in your back pocket at all times. London’s ATM machines now give you the option of withdrawing in cockney rhyming slang or English. Need a speckled hen (£10) and not near a cab rank (Bank) so where do you find some sausage and mash? (Cash).This can cause great confusion if you are one of London’s tourists but is it not part of the adventure? So no matter what you plan to do make sure you make the most of your time here, Victoria has a lot to offer, so much in fact, you won’t be able to stay away for long.

 

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