|Another pointless phone booth in Shepherd's Bush|
Thanks to the Hammersmith Society and the Ladbroke Association, we now have the answer.
It's not about telephones, it's about advertising. According to the Summer 2017 Ladbroke Association newsletter, phone companies like BT "can make a lot of money selling advertising space". Today, a phone booth is "no more than a hooded upright stand with an advertisement on one side and a telephone on the other".
But if this is - as it seems - just an advertising scam, without fulfilling any public need - why does our Council allow this to take place?