Many thanks to What’s in Wapping for pointing out to the world that not only is Wapping locked-in by the London Triathlon today but some idiots – looking at you Transport for London and Tower Hamlets Council – also decided to part-close many of the Underground lines.
…and unfortunately for anyone working or who needs to get out the #Wapping lock-in today, the tube situation, (particularly going east) is a disaster. Who on earth plans these things? @TfLTrafficNews @TheLondonTri https://t.co/gPF9e8uL9V pic.twitter.com/UaFIN74v6O
— What's In Wapping (@WappingLondon) July 28, 2019
Even compared to the gross incompetence that Tower Hamlets Council and Mayor John Bigg’s administration now demonstrates on a weekly basis this is quite extraordinary.
Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse residents may not be aware that these road closures have knock-on effects across the east of the borough.
Did you get a leaflet?
Due to the London Triathlon there are road closures from Tower Hill, along The Highway all the way to the Limehouse Link. As usual it seems few residents living south of The Highway received any notice about this.
Wapping residents were infuriated to find that Transport for London had also decided to part-close the Circle, Hammersmith & City, London Overground and Metropolitan Lines. (It does seem that Wapping Overground is open at the time of publication but do not rely on this information.)
End result? Massive inconvenience for thousands of people across east London with little prior notification.
Superb, zero information sent out on this. The maps are as clear as mud too. If I drive in from the north west do I have to go south and up over tower bridge? Don't mind closures for proper events when communicated, but a poxy triathlon is pushing it
— Andy Gray (@andygr4y) July 28, 2019
Hunt the road closure info online
The London Triathlon website at www.thelondontriathlon.co.uk is of little use as it not a live site and simply redirects users to the ‘Live To Tri’ site and if you check the road closures page of that site you will find another link that directs to you the TfL site (still with us?) and if you click that link it only takes you to the general TfL journey planner. and nothing about road closures.
How is it possible for Tower Hamlets Council to not be aware of this and so liaise with London Triathlon organisers and Transport for London to ensure that inconvenience is minimised?
Maybe the Council did not know? Or maybe they just do not care?
The London Triathlon is organised by Limelight Sports Limited which is apparently the ‘Agency of the Active World’. As if anyone cares.
Sick of pathetic excuses? There will be more.
Every year the streets of Tower Hamlets are used by large organisations for various experiential branding and charity events.
Every year the complete disinterest as to how these wonderful heart-warming events affect residents across the borough is evident. This year is no exception.
Here are the usual excuses which will no doubt be recycled this year.
LBTH Template Excuse
“London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council has no control over street closures or Transport for London decisions as to when to part-close Underground lines for maintenance. We will ensure that lessons are learned blah blah piffle waffle nah nah wibble.”
TfL Template Excuse
“Transport for London has no control over major sporting events in the capital and to be honest we don’t really care about anything that goes on in the poorer parts of London like Tower Hamlets. You pay for your Oyster, what do you expect? Pearls?”
Event Sponsor Template Excuse
“Wapping in Tower Hamlets? Where’s that? Your brand seems to need some energising!”
Local Councillor Template Excuse
“Wapping lock-ins provide a fantastic opportunity for residents to join one of my many Anti-Social Behaviour walkabouts which give the illusion of community engagement while doing nothing of the kind. I do makes lists of things which I combine to compile an ASB Blueprint for Action that is remarkably similar to the last Blueprint and I get to talk about me, which is the main thing.”
Contact your local councillor
Wapping residents can contact of course Cllr. Abdal Ullah via his Twitter profile @AbdalUllah via email Abdal.Ullah@towerhamlets.gov.uk or give him a call on 07956 124264 to express their views to him personally.