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Friday, August 3, 2012
The Prime Minister has responded to claims that the 2012 Games has turned London into a ‘ghost town’ by urging non-Olympic tourists to come back to the capital.
David Cameron said the threat of meltdown to public transport and gridlock on the roads had been avoided and there was no reason for tourists to stay away from the capital during the Games.
Cameron’s plea came after figures showed that footfall in the West End was down almost 5% during the Games.
“People said also that London wouldn’t cope, the traffic would grind to a halt, the capital city wouldn’t manage, that hasn’t been the case either,” Cameron told Sky News.
“I think the authorities have done a good job.
“Clearly there is a challenge now though to say to Londoners, to the British public who’ve helped us to, as it were, defeat the threat of meltdown on the traffic system, to say to them now actually there is a case, London’s working well, it’s open for business, come back into the capital, come and shop, come and eat in London’s restaurants and let’s make sure that all of London’s economy benefits from this,” he added.