With jubilee celebrations over last weekend, everyone is now gearing up for Euro 2012 and Olympics and Para-Olympics. London is upgrading everything to welcome the world to the Queen’s land. Only problem is – people who live in London have havoc planned for them in the next few months! If you’re planning to come to London now, trust me, you’re not going to see the city in all it’s glory!
Tube stations are being upgraded, bus stops are being renovated, roads are being repaired. to add to all the chaos, the weather is never on our side! Cold, rainy, dark and depressing – 4 words that have described London weather for ages! Travelling around the city at this time, is no cake walk!
Take this weekend for instance, I use the Northern line to come into London. This weekend, they have ‘planned track closures’ on the line because of upgrade work. I guess the good thing is that they at least have substitute buses running the route. But picture this, all the crowd that goes in the tube, is now going to use the bus! Can you imagine the pushing and shoving!!
Transport for London has already told people to start staying away from busy routes during the games. They have a dedicated website to enable commuters to find alternate routes. But nonetheless, London will be going crazy during that time.
The jubilee weekend was like a kick-off for the festive season that’s going to last for the next 3 months. Although Olympics are still sometime away, London has a new thing to stay busy with – Euro 2012. The first match kicked-off today, and I’ve already learnt an important lesson – Whatever you do, don’t think about travelling right before or right after the game!
Everyone likes going to the pub and cheering their team with friends. So now, the only thought on my mind is: When is England playing? The city turns a whole different shade during such festivities! My advice to outsiders: Try and make sure you’re in London during some ‘major’ event – it may not be ‘major’ for you, but it’ll be ‘major’ for the city.