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A moronic announcement is now annoying London bus passengers (including Havenessence workers):

“Watch out for traffic when leaving the bus”

Well yes. I get off the bus onto the pavement. There is no traffic on the pavement. Doh! Plus I’m over eighteen and don’t need a bus company telling me, via an announcer with an irritating “social worker” passive-aggressive voice, to watch out for traffic.

Why is Transport for London annoying and infantilising their passengers? Is it a cunning plan to bring out their inner Victor Meldrew and make everyone vote UKIP? Has Nigel Farage subverted Arriva?

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Each time Transport for London makes a pointless and aggravating announcement they reduce the likelihood of people listening to their public address system. Passengers will “tune it out.”

Which means that when a really important announcement is made, e.g. that a lunatic with a beard is threatening to blow himself up on the 289 to Purley, passengers won’t listen.

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So please Transport for London. Stop annoying us, infantilising us, and endangering us with dumb announcements. Put a sock in it!