Address on the Streets & Traffic of London

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Barry, 1899 - City traffic - 44 pages
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Page 30 - Great Eastern Great Northern Great Western Lancashire and Yorkshire London, Brighton, and South Coast London, Chatham, and Dover London and North Western London and South Western Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincoln, . Midland North British North Eastern North Staffordshire South Eastern Working Expenses per cent, of Earnings.
Page 12 - In the matter of street improvements in London also, one cannot but notice an almost entire absence of grasp of a large subject. We can, no doubt, record some useful and even fine undertakings, but in the history of the past 40 years, we look in vain for any new arterial thoroughfares traversing Inner London from end to end, and proportioned in width to the demands upon them at different parts of their route. On the contrary, we find in the new streets, as in the old ones, that the nearer they are...
Page 62 - Londoners sustain by narrow over-crowded streets, and I should not have attempted to estimate the money value except for the purpose of trying to see something of the relation between capital and revenue. That a very large amount of money is being wasted will not be denied, nor can it be doubted that whatever the loss may be it is getting worse and worse every year. But neglecting this consideration, and capitalising the present loss, whatever its true figures are, at 30 years...
Page 56 - In this case the west and east traffic would pass under the stream going north and south by means of a broad sunken road, leaving the Knightsbridge-road on the north side, and rejoining Piccadilly on the south side. A strip of land of an area of 3-1 acres would be required from Hyde-park and from the Greenpark, and practically no buildings would be affected. It would consequently be a cheap undertaking.
Page 58 - OVER UPPER THAMES-STREET. This is a work which speaks for itself and presents no serious difficulties. The crossing street would continue the level of the north end of Southwark-bridge and would be parallel to and to the east of Queen-street, descending to rejoin the existing level at the corner of Cannon-street and Queen-si reet.
Page 62 - ... purchase, we can see that many more millions of expenditure in improving the facilities for traffic on the north side of the Thames than I have estimated would be commercially justifiable. I feel sure that this is taking a low view of the financial aspect, for impediments to trade and commerce cannot be appraised by merely taking the value of vehicles, horses and drivers, and the wages or salaries of passengers. Again, it leaves out of account all other matters referred to in my address of last...
Page 58 - Council for their new street to Holborn, if it is to be a really successful work. The gradient of Wellington-street clearly indicates that the north and south traffic should cross over the Strand.
Page 16 - Thus, inadequate thoroughfares are not only inconvenient but are expensive to the public ; lead to police regulations which impede the free and natural course of the traffic and business of a community ; and are repugnant to the spirit of the age.
Page 19 - ... realised as time and finance will permit. It should be a scheme worthy of London, and such as that which was laid down by Sir Christopher Wren and published in 1666 for the renovation of the City after the fire of London, but unhappily laid aside; or as was designed for the improvement of Westminster, presented to the public by my father, Sir Charles Barry, in 1857, and published in the memoir of his life. There should be continuity of effort towards radical amelioration, by the construction...
Page 58 - Theatre, the property is not specially valuable. The County Council do not think much of theatres, for they are going to acquire, as above indicated, four in connection with the street to Holborn and Strand improvement. The crossing street would ascend from the corner of Tavistock-street and Wellington-street by easy gradients, keeping to the west side of the latter street, and descend by a grade of 1 in 30 to rejoin Wellington-street at the north end of Waterloo Bridge.

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