What makes London a great place for people to visit and businesses to invest?
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London has too many visitors and they kill off any feeling of community - why dont you invest in other industries for a change - why dont you invest in training people coding and design skills and using industry software instead of trying to make london into one big M&M World. It feels like boris johnssons legacy was to encourage everyone to work in a mall - have some imagination for crying out loud.
Things are changing, businesses move to Bristol. London become too big, too crowded, too expensive.
For those who come over the Christmas weekend it would be great if more things were open. I tried bringing my visitors to the tower of London and the monument on Christmas eve but they were both closed early or entirely. What's even worse is that the monument website did not have info on this .
Improving customer service across the board (public and private sectors) would be a good start. Most tourists think London is unfriendly (and dirty!) according to their comments on Tripadvisor, in this Evening Standard article:www.standard.co.uk/news/london/were-unfriendly-expensive-and-dirty-what-...
An idea is easy, taking this idea through the hurdles of real world feasibility and all the human hurdles in the way is where relentless hard work is involved. Visitors to London need things to visit, things that are new and things that are old. I suggest we invest in these new and old things and also freely allow inbound investment in our new and old things.
Hi AntonV, In terms of the cost of transport in London, I thought you might like to join in on this new discussion posted today on the announcement of a cap on daily Oyster pay as you go travel costs to help part time workers in the capital. Do tell us over there if you think that this is change for the better. There's also detail in that discussion post on how, next year, travel fares will rise in line with inflation but no more. Hope this is helpful and of interest. Wendy Talk London Community Manager
Talk London is our online research community, and is a forum for general issue led debate and discussion as set out in our terms and conditions here. I’m not sure what your first comment above refers to, but for specific concerns like this you should contact the City Hall Public Liaison Team for a response. You can reach them by emailing [email protected] . They deal with all enquiries and correspondence on behalf of the Mayor, and work to ensure that answers to letters or emails are provided as quickly as possible.In response to your second comment above, the situation is similar - Talk London is a forum for general issue led debate and discussion, rather than for contacting or hearing from functional bodies like TfL directly.
We’ll certainly be feeding in the comments about advice given to those buying travelcards shortly before this announcement too (as we feed in all comment from Talk London, our online research community).
WendyTalk London Community Manager
Hello Wendy, any comment? I noticed from other posting following the link that you suggested already that TFL customer service are "unaware" of this up to supervisor level. Maybe the Mayor should get in touch with the real world and find out whats going on in the functions that he is supposed to run and manage?
Read my post about in Safety - "Can the Mayor be trusted...........The Mayor may promise one thing, but TFL may not introduce these reductions or do only part of it and then start to lie and deceive public.
Its very difficult to attract visitors where the transport service is not only the most expensive in the world but customers are overcharged on a daily basis. When caught out in the act senior managers at the Mayor's office, TFL and the so called transport watchdog engage in blatant lies to justify the overcharging and to attempt to keep the stolen money.
It would be much better for tourists and business investors if air and noise pollution were cleared up. Radical, brave and creative solutions are desperately needed.
Infrastructure, cultural interface, the rule of law, tolerance - all of those combined.
A great many visitors like to walk around London; many of the main attractions are within a reasonable walking distance of each other. The South Bank is wonderful and the bridge crossing
into Charing Cross ends with an awful tunnel and then the blast of traffic that surrounds Trafalgar Square all the way to Buckingham Palace. There must be a way to keep this a bus/taxi/motorbike/bicycle area only, banning all other transport during daylight hours. Deliverise
can be limited to late night (after 11.30) or early morning (before 6.30). It's just stunning to walk in The Mall on traffic free Sundays. Let's extend it. It worked very well as a pedestrianized zone during the Golden Jubilee of 2002. Let's have more of that although it's unrealistic to ban public transport, maybe more roundabout routes can be found (there's a terrible bottleneck at the bottom of Haymarket since Pall Mall has been made two way again, causing a constant giant bus jam).
I would ban ALL big trucks from inside the LEZ during the day and evening, but that's another discussion.
On the contrary, all big trucks, and other noisy vehicles, should be banned in central London during the evening and night. People live in the LEZ, and need to get sleep at night.
Visitor attractions are part of what make London the greatest city on earth. The new London 'Ghost' tube station adventures are part of this offering that London has to tourists, an exciting historic family adventure into London's abandoned underground stations.