TfL calls for an end to the ban on street singing during national mourning

Transport for London (TfL) has been urged to rescind its decision to suspend busking on the London Underground during the period of national mourning for the Queen.

fL has closed nearly 40 yards, spanning 25 stations in the capital, until the end of Monday, September 19, the day of the Queen’s funeral.

In an open letter to the local government agency, the Musicians’ Union (MU) called for the immediate reopening of the stadium, citing the financial impact on licensed performers who they say it can reach up to 3.5 million subway passengers every day.

We encourage TfL to reverse this decision immediately, especially given its impact on the livelihoods of licensed buskers.MU

MU said its members had raised “serious concerns” about the move in recent days.

“MU is deeply saddened by the news of the Queen’s passing and joins the country in paying their respects,” it said.

“However, we encourage TfL to rescind this decision immediately, especially given its impact on the lives of licensed buskers.

“The reason given for the suspension is that the stations will be busier than usual.

“However, the suspension of the entire plan would include courts that are not at risk of overcrowding, and therefore it would be reasonable to suspend only those at risk of overcrowding, as we understand has happened in the past. past.

“Furthermore, we have been advised that busking is allowed during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations and is carried out without any incident or issue.”

MU noted that the national lockdowns had a “serious impact” on musicians and said those they had heard from were worried about losing additional income during the cost of living crisis.

It said: “We ask that you do not stop musicians from making a living at this time, but instead give them the opportunity to play their instruments and provide TfL commuters with music that will comfort them.” and lift their spirits during this time of mourning.”

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Jamie Pullman, Manchester United’s London region organizer, said: “MU has been in contact with many musicians who have been denied the opportunity to make a living and wholeheartedly supports their view that they should be allowed to continue busking on the music scene. Underground.

“Given that music plays such a central role in national events – the royal wedding and now the Queen’s funeral – it is absurd to suggest that it is an act of disrespect.

“Budau has safely gone ahead in recent Jubilee celebrations, so we believe concerns about overcrowding have been overstated.”

As a large volume of people are expected to travel to London during the mourning period, and the demands this place on the transport network, it has been decided that this plan should be closed for the time being. thisSpokesperson for TfL

A TfL spokesperson said: “During the period of national mourning, we have made the decision to pause our online busking scheme in order to maximize space for an expectedly large number of passengers. Online.

“The possibility of a troubadour in our stations is based on an assessment of the conditions of the Pipeline crews.

“Given that a large number of people are expected to travel to London during this time of mourning, and this demand is placed on the transport network, it has been decided that this plan should be closed for the time being. this.

“This approach is necessary so that our staff can focus on keeping everyone safe and secure, while maximizing the space available in the terminals.

“This decision was not taken lightly and was made as part of broader considerations about how we will take care of the very high volume of customers in the coming days.”

The BBC’s Last Night Of The Proms and Radio 2’s Live In Leeds are among the music events that have been canceled following the Queen’s death last Thursday while the Mercury Awards in London were postponed. at the last minute.

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