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London Christmas footfall down as strikes take impact

Christmas Eve footfall was down 15 per cent on the week previous as rail strikes stung shopping plans in the city.

December 24 usually sees crowds pack into London to grab last minute gifts before setting off home on trains whilst some people travel in to enjoy some festive fare.

But with industrial action affecting travel, fewer people were making their way in to the city to complete their Christmas shopping.

Complaints

Some central London businesses have complained about the impact of the walk-outs on their profits, with many shortening staff hours or having to shut early for the festive period.

Hospitality businesses in particular have felt the true throttle of the strikes as the Christmas period is usually the busiest time of the year, but some have reported a 50 per cent downturn in trade.

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) estimated that industries operating at night time had lost revenue of around £2 billion.

Bars had been hoping to make up for festive periods failed by Covid restrictions. 

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