Here’s a word of advice: if you haven’t done a particular commuting route in nine years, don’t assume you’ll be able to do it again straight off. Yes, today I drove from my sunny Lewisham residence to my new office in Sutton. I’m not a fan, ethically speaking, of commuting by car, but when confronted with the choice between a 90 minute commute on public transport and a 50 minute commute by car, I’m afraid there’s not much in it. As ever, if you want to get people out of their cars, you need to provide the public transport that allows them to do so. And, too often, practical transport’s just not there.
I’ve no idea how the driving will change my life. I’m going to miss the reading time, I suspect, but will be better at keeping up with my podcasts. Beyond that? We’ll see.