First wave of Tube ticket office closures begin

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First wave of Tube ticket office closures begin

The tube stations today have mounted posters saying: ‘ticket offices at Queensway London are no longer open.’
 
It comes as the first wave of London Underground ticket offices begins today.
 
Both Queensway and South Wimbledon stations will be the first of many to cut costs and jobs.
 
TFL is trying to save £4.2 billion pounds by 2020.
 
These cuts have been met with clear opposition with multiple tube strikes since the announced plans in 2013.
 
The transport unions say the changes are put tourists at risk and that these plans have been ‘rushed through.’
 
It’s been reported that the leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said:
 
"Talks on the safety implications of closing over 250 stations have not even been concluded.
 
"The mayor doesn't seem concerned about how millions of tourists will cope with fewer staff to help them on their way."
 
TfL have said that although there will no longer be staff in the ticket offices, there will be staff on the platforms and ticket halls.
 
 
The planned ticket office closures are an estimated 3 per cent of the overall offices.

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