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London is Easy to Get Around but Overpriced

London Tower BridgeAccording to a recent poll conducted by TripAdvisor, London is the easiest city to get around compared to other cities in Europe. Shocking for all the residents and visitors who are stuck in traffic, but they didn’t say it wouldn’t take a while. Although the UK capital was also voted the most exciting and the second least friendly, voters said that it was the most overpriced as well. Contrary to the results of London, Birmingham was voted as the least romantic and most boring city in Europe.

The poll was answered by a total of 3,523 travellers across Europe – 778 of which were Brits. The results show that Istanbul is the hardest city to get around, Rome is the friendliest and Paris’s cab drivers are the rudest. The poll also found that Paris is the most overrated, Lisbon the most underrated, Zurich is the cleanest, Athens is the dirtiest, Stockholm is the safest, Venice is the most romantic and Paris is the least friendly.

Emma O’Boyle, a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor, says that it’s encouraging for the people involved in the tourism industry of London that, even though there are concerns that the capital city is overpriced, it is regarded as an accessible and vibrant destination by travellers throughout Europe. There’s no doubt that the buzz around the London Olympics next year has contributed to the city being named the most exciting in Europe. TripAdvisor fully expects this momentum to keep going through next year and beyond.

London TravelWatch says that London is still hit by disruption as upgrades continue on the Tube and other congestion, but transport around the city has improved recently. Spokeswoman Jo deBank says that the capital has become much better to navigate over the last few years, with the immense improvement of signage. However, one problem that London is faced with is the massive upgrades programme on the Tube, as it has been disruptive and problematic. Meanwhile, there is an ongoing problem of congestion, and passengers are worried about bus fares getting too high.

A spokesperson for Transport for London (TfL) said that their staff works every hour of the day to provide a quick, reliable and easy travel network for visitors and Londoners, which they would expect from a worldwide leading city. This includes running one of the world’s most extensive bus services, which carried a record 2.3 billion travellers last year, undertook the largest upgrade programme in the 148-year history of the Tube and tackled disruption due to roadworks. At the same time, the transport network carried more than 1.1 billion passengers last year, more than ever.

This poll could prove to be helpful for the city’s tourism industry. Although, London won’t need anymore help attracting visitors for the 2012 Olympics or at least the few years after.

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