Archive for August, 2010

Overloaded infrastrucure

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Reports of a 10 day traffic jam in China bring into sharp relief questions around the infrastructures of global urbanisation. This jam started on the 14th August1 and may last until September. Indeed, the Wall Street Journal reports that drivers on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway are ‘inching along little more than a third of a mile a day’. The Guardian interviews a driver that took 3 days to get through the jam.  It makes the 2003 closure of the UK’s M11 by snowfall seem small by comparison. (more…)

  1. Reports on the date the jam started differ with the Wall Street Journal referring to 13th August.