Traffic and motorway/road updates are definitely something we all need to check from time to time, but usually don’t supply us with entertainment.
Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Twitter feed frequently tweets about collisions and delays, most of the time without a like or a retweet.
That has all changed, when two seagulls have decided to steal the show and become viral stars in the world of traffic-based reporting after repeatedly landing on a traffic camera on Brunswick Road.
The seagulls have become a huge hit among people who find the unlikely reporters sitting in front of a camera more entertaining than traffic updates…
Tfl tweeted a video of one of the roadside gulls earlier today (Tuesday), with the caption:
“Due to popular demand, a quick update from our popular reporter just north of the Blackwall Tunnel.”
The tweet has since been liked 18,000 times and watched 600,000 times, so you can see the gulls really are the stuff of a local government body social media manager’s dream.
Apparently, the seagulls have dropped by on numerous occasions now.
TfL has decided to name them Graeme and Steve.
The pair first arrived on Monday, and have returned to the same spot several times.
People on Twitter have shared their own puns for the pair of seagulls:
‘fowl traffic’, ‘beak careful drivers’, ‘bird’s eye view’ etc.
One person said:
“Future Mayor of London I think.”
A TfL spokesman has thanked Graeme and Steve for their help.
He told the Daily Mail: “Our cameras usually give us a bird’s eye view of traffic across London, but we’d like to thank our new colleagues Graeme and Steve for helping out at beak times.”