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An idea for a new mode of public transport

I am, by and large, something of a fan of London public transport. It's far from perfect, of course; nowhere near enough tube stations are accessible, for one. But having come from a place where it was a real bitch to get anywhere unless you could drive, I know how much worse it could be. I really like the Clipper Boat service along the Thames, and the cable cars between North Greenwich and the Excel Centre is also very cool. However, if you ask me, it could really do with one final component.

While on my way to Kilburn yesterday, I decided that what this city needs is a helicopter transport service. It could either be run as a taxi service, where you would book a chopper to take you somewhere, or as a bus service, where helicopters would fly along fixed routes, landing at scheduled stops. I think the latter format would be better as it would be more efficient. I think it's a great idea: it would certainly speed up getting across this vast city, and as I wrote here, helicopters are probably my favourite mode of transport.

Of course, this idea isn't without it's problems: helipads would have to be built; we'd have to sort out which routes they would take (it would probably just be for long distance, cross-city trips). And how would it be payed for? I doubt the Oyster card system could be used. And of course, special helicopters would need to be created, capable of getting lots of people on and off quickly, including wheelchair users. Yet the fact remains that it often takes hours to get anywhere in this city, and with the population rising that's only going to get worse. The tube system is a century old in places, and is almost at breaking point. The metropolis is expanding rapidly, and the tube only really serves the central few boroughs. With that in mind, is this idea as silly as it might at first seem? Rather than digging more tunnels or laying more track, wouldn't it be easier just to let people fly around London? While some may point out that such a system would cost a fortune, London is growing at such a pace and is becoming so congested that I can conceive of a time, in the not too distant future, when such an addition to the public transport system could make sound economic sense.


[Edited 07/08/2017 at 20:12:11 - added a bit]
[Edited 20/09/2017 at 18:41:06 - addad a bit]
[Edited 20/09/2017 at 23:05:25 - addad a bit]

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