London ticket office closures ‘dangerous’

12 June 2007

ASLEF has condemned plans by London Underground managers to close dozens of ticket offices across London, and cut hours that they will be open at many more stations. It is, according to ASLEF general secretary Keith Norman ‘a recipe for chaos and confusion’.

The plan is clearly aimed at ‘persuading’ more use of Oyster cards in the capital.

The 40 stations to be hit by the closures from March next year include some in central London - among them Cannon Street. When Regents Park re-opens it will not have a ticket office.

Keith backed passengers who have repeatedly expressed their fear of using stations left without visible staff. ‘This raises clear safety issues,’ he said. ‘The ticket office would be the first point of call for passengers needing help."

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