Boris Johnson was accused of lying today after it was revealed that he plans to permanently close a number of Underground ticket offices across London.
The Mayor has repeatedly denied that he will close any ticket offices, and even campaigned on the issue during the election.
However, a leaked TfL document today reveals that at least eleven ticket offices will permanently close with many dozens more having their hours drastically cut.
Asked at City Hall today whether he planned to close any ticket offices, he replied:
"The first and most important point to make is that no ticket offices will be closed, alright? They're not going to be closed."
Pushed on this point, he replied:
"The answer to the number of ticket office closures is: nil."
However, soon after the meeting finished, a TfL document emerged, detailing just such a series of closures.
According to the plans, the following ticket offices will now permanently close:
- Charing Cross (Trafalgar)
- South Woodford (West)
- Woodford (West)
- Earls Court (Warwick Road)
- Aldgate East (East)
- Cannon Street
- Canary Wharf (East)
- Waterloo (Main - Excess)
- Waterloo (Shell)
- Wembley Park (Bridge Road)
Remaining ticket offices will open later in the morning and close earlier at night. Many will also close in the afternoons.
TfL confirmed that the document was genuine but said that all closures would be open to consultation.
Labour Assembly Member Navin Shah who has long campaigned against ticket office closures said today:
"Boris Johnson has misled Londoners. These documents released today show that he was not telling the truth. Several ticket offices will close, others will close for most of the week and large numbers of offices will see their opening hours drastically cut. Nearly five hundred ticket office staff will be lost under these Conservative cuts and many stations will feel less safe and less friendly as a result."
The revelation comes after the Mayor announced plans to cut up to 800 members of staff across the network.
It also comes as Tube unions threaten to strike over the cuts.
Asked about the Mayor's comments today a spokesperson said:
"This Mayor takes his promises to Londoners extremely seriously. Every station that has a ticket office will continue to have one.”
Even if there's nobody actually in them...
-Update- Read the full list of closures here