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London Olympics 2012 The Affect On The Shops

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After years of hype about the Olympics some shop owners are now calling the games a "flop", as the pictures below show London is a ghost town


Westfield shopping centre in Shepherds Bush


Regent Street


London Bridge

The 'ghost town' Games: Businesses pay the price for deserted streets as 1.5m workers stay at home to stop London seizing up

  • Experts warn stayaway policy by civil service and blue-chip firms could inflict damaging blow on capital's economy
  • Economists say staff will be less productive while working from home, particularly with temptation of Games on TV
  • Ticket agent reports a 40% slump in sales for West End shows since the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday
  • Market stall holder: 'There is nobody about. There were too many messages warning people to stay away'
  • 'For years it's been: Olympics, Olympics, Olympics, but now its here it's turned out to be a flop,' says restaurateur
  • 'Exhausted' mime artist considers quitting after having to work four days to make what he used to in 24 hours

As many as 1.5million people are working from home during the Olympics in what experts warned could prove a damaging blow to the capital’s economy.

Thousands of civil servants who would normally be at their desks in Whitehall have taken advantage of an offer of ‘flexible working’ while the Games are on.

And many big blue-chip firms, including the taxpayer-backed Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland, have allowed staff to stay away from their offices following apocalyptic warnings of travel chaos.

Now that it is clear the transport network is coping with Games visitors, there are calls for both the public and private sector to rethink ‘work from home’ policies.

Retailers are warning that key parts of London have been turned into ‘ghost towns’ as workers who would normally be buying lunches, taking taxis, doing some lunchtime shopping or having an after-work drink stay away.


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