London To Install Moving Sidewalks?

Posted: Sep 7 2015, 7:01pm CDT | by , in Rumors | Technology News

London to Install Moving Sidewalks?
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As anyone who lives in a city with a subway and a heavy tourism market knows, sometimes what benefits the tourists and makes money doesn't always benefit the workers and commuters. There is no place that this is more abundantly clear than in London, which has the oldest subway system in the world. Over the last few decades, public outcry and a crumbling infrastructure has all but pushed a renovation of the system, and there have been quite a few different solutions presented for the problem. However, there is one out of the box suggestion that is equal parts absolutely crazy and absolutely brilliant: a moving sidewalk!

The sidewalk, from architecture firm NBBJ, would move at 15 mph and loop the 17 miles under London that the subways already take up. It would involve replacing the Circle Line, the most heavily used line that runs underneath central London, with the moving sidewalks. There would be three moving lanes - two slower lanes (called "Feeders") and then the "speed" lane that would reach 15 MPH. Of course, there would be momentary stops for people to get on and off more safely, but the feeder lanes would allow just about anyone to come and go as they please. It would be a little difficult to traverse, perhaps, especially during rush hour, but it might be a welcome change for most people. Some are suggesting that they do the moving sidewalks in addition to the subway system.

Of course there are some things that they need to work out, like City A.M. pointed out - what would happen with strollers, high heels, or those people who have absolutely disgustingly large backpacks? Still, it could help with a lot of the congestion and would certainly keep things moving.

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