Overcrowded London

Is it just me or are there suddenly millions more people around this week?
There’s been standing room only on the morning train and bus several days, and not just on any one particular route, it seems to be everywhere. More people on the trains, more on the buses and tubes, more traffic on the streets and more bodies on the pavements. Busy busy busy people everywhere. Where do they all come from? I’m sure they weren’t all here before.
Is it the time of year or the weather or something? Nobody much is on holiday, we’re all back at the same time and there just isn’t enough space for everyone. I don’t think it’s the lack of trains and buses or anything like that anymore, just too many people. Maybe it’s all those fair weather cyclists who bought expensive trendy new bikes immediately after the July bombings and have now hung them up in their sheds, bedrooms, lofts, or wherever they keep them.

2 Comments so far

  1. PFC (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 6:19 pm

    My school just started this week… maybe thats it? there are a lot of Adult Education thats starts this end of the month rather than at the beginning?

  2. mark (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2005 @ 10:01 am

    I’ve noticed this in a number of cities – most recently in Glasgow and as you say it is particularly noticeable here in London.

    My hypothesis is that hardly anyone takes their holidays in the last quarter of the year. Over the summer a large percentage of the commuting population is on holiday with August as the peak.

    Come September everyone is working hard up to Christmas. School returns and added to the normal commuter population are the shoppers – Q4 is Christmas shopping time.

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