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Chocka [Mar. 26th, 2005|09:51 am]
Tony Grist
Kent is London’s front yard. It’s like one huge urban park. There are open areas but they’re all very tidy, and you’re never far from houses and roads.

Ailz and I talk about moving down here, but I dunno- it gives me claustrophobia.

Ian and Jenny took us for a drive this afternoon. The narrow country roads and the narrow urban streets were all of them chocka. We wound up in Reculver- a seaside caravan park with a big field that used to be a Roman fort and the ruins of a medieval church with two big towers at its west end. There was a cold mist coming in off the sea and blowing through the empty windows of the church so I took lots of photographs and thought about Dracula. 


On the way home we talked about road congestion. Ailz favours smart cars and Ian favours mono-rails and I like the idea of strap-on jet-packs, but one way or another we’re going to have to come up with a new philosophy or a new technology soon, or the south-east of England will simply seize up.

[User Picture]From: cybersofa
2005-03-26 03:09 pm (UTC)
How smart would these cars be? I mean we are presumably not talking Smart(tm) Fortwo et al. Smart enough to see a jam ahead and re-route round it? This seems like quite a modest and easily achievable development of present-day sat-nav and road speed measurement technology, I can't see why it's not being done already.

Had a client once with a well-developed proposal for a monorail linking two large, congested, nearby conurbations (Southampton and Portsmouth). If such a system could succeed anywhere then that'd be the place, but the client went bust trying to get the local authorities even to look at it.

Strap-on jet-packs, now you're talking, but the hot exhaust's a bit of a worry, and no doubt the nanny state would put forward other safety-based objections. Nearest available equivalent, I think, is the powered two-wheeler. I chose that mode of transport specifically for its congestion busting properties, and it works like a charm.
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