Leyton Station Ticket Office first for the chop!
Waltham Forest E-Guardian 8:01am Friday 27th March 2015
Ticket offices at Tube stations across Waltham Forest will begin to close in the coming weeks.
The office at Leyton Station, scheduled to close in April, will be the first to go, followed by Blackhorse Road, Leytonstone and Walthamstow Central.
Closure works take around a month, except Walthamstow Central which could take up to three.
Labour London Assembly Member Jennette Arnold has condemned the move, claiming the move will leave passengers with less staff support.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s plan to close all the capital’s tube ticket offices will cost taxpayers almost £134million, Ms Arnold said.
She described the cost as “staggering”.
The £134million will fund additional ticket machines in 27 London stations, four new customer receptions and the conversion of 181 ticket offices for other uses.
Jennette Arnold said:
This argument isn’t about whether staff are based in ticket offices or not.
It is about whether there are enough staff in stations to provide the good service people in Waltham Forest have come to expect, particularly the elderly and disabled who often rely more on station staff for assistance.
The closures in Waltham Forest are expected to be completed by the end of the year.