The New Year began as the old one ended, with public transport struggling to cope with a great surge in demand in London by people wanting to get to and from the celebrations.
I understand the police problem, and they needed to act in a way which prevented so many people coming to harm through crowd surges.
MY criticism is of the transport authorities. The big shops manage to deal with crowd surges at the opening of their sales. Football grounds handle huge numbers of fans at popular matches. Can’t London Underground do some research and spend some money so that when large numbers of people wish to use a given station there is a better answer than closing the station completely? Of course there would need to be limits on how many people were allowed into the station at any given time, and that would mean queues with barriers outside the station. It could mean people being told that queues were too long at any station and not to wait there. But surely it would be better to move as many people as possible by tube when you have a big event like New Year?
Instead last night many people drove to the edge of the celebration zone, parked, and then all tried to drive home after the fireworks, with predictable chaos.