Travel with Words: London Traffic

“In the world of London’s traffic light, seven seconds is a long time. In seven seconds, you can start a traffic jam. Or you can get about four cars past a green light–or sixteen cars, if there are four lanes. So if, at a crucial, congested junction, you find a spare seven seconds in the traffic light sequence–seven seconds doing nothing, lying about–then you have made a discovery that can change people’s lives.”

Taken from Traffic by Ian Parker, a part of Granta 65: London-the lives of the city

Music to go along: 7 seconds by Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry

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