Lib Dems Call On Tube Unions and TfL To 'Put Passengers First'

Figures reveal that over 320 hours will be cut from local ticket office opening times

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Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon called on Tube unions and Transport for London to 'put passengers first' as the first of a number of planned strikes began this week.

Pidgeon said that the unions should halt their strike action and London Underground should acknowledge the real concern that there is about the closure of these ticket offices. "The only losers in this dispute are London's Tube users," she said.

"There are legitimate concerns about TfL's plans to slash the opening hours at so many ticket offices across the Tube network, but taking strike action is not the way forward. The unions are running the risk of losing all public sympathy on this issue.

“Whilst we appreciate budget pressures TfL is not even prepared to be flexible and allow staff to be out in the station helping passengers and then to go and serve tickets at the counter when needed. They want to simply close ticket offices for most of the day with the loss of many staff.

"It is time both sides of this dispute put passengers first.”

The table below shows details of her research into how ticket office closures will affect local tube stations in Wandsworth & Merton.

Borough Station
Hours lost Mon - Fri per day
Hours lost Weekends
Total Hours lost per week
Total hours lost per borough per week
Wandsworth Balham 1 hour 45 mins 5 hours 13 hours 45 mins
Clapham South 6 hours 30 mins 13 hours 30 mins 46 hours
East Putney 7 hours 15 mins 3 hours 30 mins 39 hours 45 mins
Southfields 8 hours 30 mins 11 hours 45 mins 54 hours 15 mins
Tooting Bec 5 hours 15 mins 4 hours 45 mins 31 hours
Tooting Broadway 1 hour 15 mins 2 hours 15 mins 8 hours 30 mins
193 hours 15 mins
Merton Colliers Wood 6 hours 15 mins 2 hours 45 mins 34 hours
Morden 1 hour 15 mins 3 hours 15 mins 9 hours 30 mins
South Wimbledon 8 hours 19 hours 15 mins 59 hours 15 mins
Wimbledon Park 3 hours 11 hours 26 hours
128 hours 45 mins


September 9, 2010