In Boris Johnson's Transport Manifesto he pledged to
"Make Transport More Convenient... By halting the proposed Tube ticket office closures, and ensuring there is always a manned ticket office at every station."and that he would"defend local ticket offices"and"stop the planned ticket office closures"and that:"There is little financial, strategic or common sense in these closures. We will halt all such ticket office closures immediately."
144 ticket offices and 1200 jobs under threat as Boris Johnson rips up manifesto pledge on tube cuts
TUBE AND TfL union RMT today released new information which exposes the full extent of the first wave of cuts under Boris Johnson’s £5 billion tube savings programme with 144 station ticket offices and 1200 jobs under threat of the axe.
According to the RMT, the leaked document states that:
- Main stations ticket offices will remain open
- Smaller central stations ticket offices will open only at peak times and at key locations
- All other stations will have ticket machines only.
However, Boris and TfL insisted today that no decisions have yet been made.
Boris told the London Assembly that
"no decision has been taken to do any such thing” and said it was important to ensure “every single London Underground is properly staffed” but appeared to question “whether you need to have someone behind the glass at all times”.
Obviously money is tight and it wouldn't be surprising if at least some partial closures were on their way.
But with most of those closures likely to take place within the boroughs that voted him in, Boris needs to be very careful just how far he goes.