TfL have today stopped running those Boris Johnson announcements over the tannoys at Underground and national rail stations that were rather getting on commuters’ nerves. But their replacement seems to be trying to undo some of Boris’ good work in trying to scare people away from the centre of London.
Last night, Westminster Underground Station played an announcement telling tourists that the city was now ‘really coming alive’ and urging them to make the most of the restaurants, museums and shops that they found around them. The station was relatively quiet at the time, save for a group of men clutching large flags.
A TfL spokesperson said today:
‘We have always made clear that London is open for business and we want people to come to London and make the most of all the Games have to offer. Our messages across all channels have always reflected that.’
Reminding tourists of the other attractions around the Olympic venues suggests officials are starting to worry about the ‘ghost town’ effect that the Games may be having on the rest of the city. Yesterday the FT reported retailers noticing a drop in visitors of up to 35 per cent. A boost to London’s economy is something politicians have been relying on to lift GDP for this quarter, so they’ll want to do everything they can to bust the ghost town before the Olympics finish.Tags: Boris Johnson, Business, Olympics, Transport for London