Disgruntled Commuter’s Elephant & Castle correspondent reports that there is a flood in one of the underpasses coming out of the shopping centre and tube station. The council have responded by putting up a bunch of orange plastic barriers, the sort you get at roadworks, to prevent people from using it, and a sign saying ‘Flood’, which is helpful for people who – sorry, actually I can’t think of anyone for whom a sign marked ‘Flood’ would be helpful. Anyway, that hasn’t helped the good people of Elephant & Castle to get into and more importantly out of their shopping centre other than by going in a big circle round all the other underpasses or else sprinting across five lanes of traffic. So they’ve improvised. The barriers and the helpful sign have been pressed into service as duckboards and crossing the flood seems to have become some sort of a local sport. There’s even a man standing at the end timing people as they make the trip across. Sadly, our correspondent forgot to check what the current best time is, or whether he’d beaten it. But there’s probably still time to go out and see if you can set a new record before the council sort it out. In fact you’ve probably got all week.
On second thoughts, maybe it’s not a flood at all, but some sort of Olympic training facility. Never mind the triathalon – here comes the urban steeplechase.