Come back into capital, PM urges
Aug 03 2012
The Prime Minister has urged people to "come back into the capital" following claims that the 2012 Games had turned London into a "ghost town", with commuters and non-Olympic tourists avoiding the city.
David Cameron said the "threat of meltdown on the traffic system" had been defeated, and that London and all it has to offer was "open for business" during the sporting events.
He told Sky News: "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. I think the authorities have done a good job."
He continued: "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."
Mr Cameron praised the organisation of the Olympics, amid the "challenges" of the opening days and underlined the Games' role as a platform to do business.
He added: "I chaired the Olympic Cobra again this morning where we go through all the challenges, the problems of the empty seats, the challenge of getting people into London, the challenges of maintaining security, how much we need the army... we go through those challenges everyday to try and make sure we're getting everything right at the Games.
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