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Tube sign by Big Ben (photo: Rozenn Leboucher/Rex Features)

Tube sign by Big Ben (photo: Rozenn Leboucher/Rex Features)

Theatregoers silence transport fears

First Published 31 July 2012, Last Updated 2 August 2012

London’s theatre fans, who have been defying transport doom-mongers by heading to the capital, have found a transport system that is more than coping with the extra pressure of the Olympics.

Theatregoers have been sharing their encouraging experiences while queuing for fantastic bargain tickets at London’s iconic TKTS ticket booth and via Social Media.

Michelle, who travelled to the capital from Milton Keynes, told Official London Theatre: “We came down for an impromptu visit today. We thought we’d try and go to the Olympics, but decided to see a show instead. We were expecting travel problems – we were warned not to come – but it’s been brilliant.”

It was a view shared by Facebook user Lisa, who commented: “I went to see Shrek yesterday and it was fab! I had no problem with the train or the tubes and thought the network was well organised and well staffed, and was not much busier than normal.”

There had been some fear prior to the start of the Olympics that travelling in London would be more difficult due to the influx of visitors heading to events or out into the capital to experience everything the city had to offer. But four days in, with both week day and weekend experiences, London’s travel network is proving it is up to the challenge. With trains and the tube running later than usual to help transport visitors around London, it may be even easier to travel into town, take in one of London’s world-leading shows and enjoy the capital’s famous nightlife.

Speaking about travelling into London, Mark Rubinstein, President of the Society of London Theatre, which runs Official London Theatre, said: “There has never been a better time for Londoners to visit the theatre, with good availability on great seats for spectacular shows. Bargain hunters should take full advantage of the host of fantastic offers out there, especially at the official half price and discount TKTS ticket booth in Leicester Square. The tubes are running later and feedback on travel has been excellent across the board. If you’ve been meaning to see a show, now’s your chance.”

If you’re planning on seeing a show, we advise that you check for travel advice and allow extra time for you journey, just to make sure you don’t have to panic about getting to the theatre.

In the words of Jack from Ireland, who we asked what he would say to someone considering coming to see a show: “Do it! Don’t be a wuss, it’s worth it!”


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