The Man Behind the Tube's "Mind the Gap" Voice Has Died

By James O Malley on at

Phil Sayer, who for years has been the voice of London Underground's "Mind the Gap" has sadly died of cancer at the age of 62.

The announcement was made by his wife and fellow voice artist Elinor Hamilton on their company's Facebook page.

"Phil Sayer - voice of reason, radio, and railways. A dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend", she wrote, adding "We are sorry to announce that this service terminates here".

Phil actually spoke to Giz back in January for our Voices of the Tube feature, and told us "Stand on Victoria or Waterloo – I never seem to shut up".

While his voice might be most closely associated with London, he was also the voice of a number of different train services, including Southern and South Eastern railways. Despite these souther connections, he actually lived in Manchester. He and Elinor once told Manchester Evening News how they were Britain's "most apologetic" couple, because of the number of apology announcements they have recorded.

In addition to his work on the public transport, he also previously worked as a presenter on BBC GMR - now Radio Manchester - in the 1980s.