Magazine article The Spectator

Pest Control

Magazine article The Spectator

Pest Control

Article excerpt

As an occasional user of Queensway Tube station, I have noticed that on exiting the lift I am met with the extraordinary and beguiling sounds of Mozart symphonies and piano concerti - well-chosen, beautifully played and blasted over the Tannoy system.

There is something transporting about this post-underground experience, something I don't expect after the humdrum of a packed commute.

The other day, a TfL official was standing around and I had a few minutes to kill while waiting for the lift, so I asked her about this bizarre but welcome phenomenon.

She explained that this was part of a controlled experiment in crowd management. Sensing my puzzlement, she explained that Mozart's music has been found to be particularly effective in dispersing groups of loitering yoovs from the station, owing to its 'uncoolness'. …

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