Soundings

Getting about

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7169.1397 (Published 14 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1397
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner, London

    The average speed of commuter traffic in central London today is two miles an hour —the same as it was in 1910. This median value obscures the increasingly frequent experience of total gridlock for minutes, and occasionally hours, at a time. My university office is situated in one of several blocks on a shrinking NHS hospital site whose car park has been taken over by industrial plant “until further notice.” The surrounding streets sport red (not yellow) …

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