Funding cuts means that many Tube stations are increasingly unstaffed and unsafe, a union claimed today.
Figures released by the RMT show that over the past six months 439 shifts were left entirely unstaffed at some stations, with those in the suburbs most affected.
At Mill Hill East station 95 shifts were unstaffed. Other stations facing shortages include Roding Valley, Brent Cross and West Finchley.
The figures come as Boris Johnson and TfL get set to cut 800 more jobs across the network.
A number of ticket offices are also set to close, despite promises to the contrary.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said today:
"The muggers paradise of unstaffed stations is already a reality across whole swathes of the tube system as these new figures demonstrate. Tory Mayor Boris Johnson has ripped up his promise to Londoners on tube staffing and voters need to take note of that on Thursday."
However, billions of savings will need to be found on the Underground in the coming years whoever is elected this week.
And with staffing a major cost, we may just have to get used to more empty stations.
A spokesperson for TfL said today:
"It is very rare for stations to be left without a member of staff. When it does occur - normally on stations that are on the outer part of the Tube network and above ground - we arrange for them to be covered by another member of staff as soon as is practical."
But with staff numbers reducing across the board, those times will now surely only get longer.
I have uploaded the full list of unstaffed shifts here