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Londoners should be given final choice on ticket office closures

13 February 2014

Londoners should be given the final say over the Mayor's controversial plans to axe all 260 ticket offices, the TSSA rail union said today.

Union general secretary Manuel Cortes announced he was supporting a Labour call to London Assembly tomorrow (Friday) for Boris Johnson to launch a proper public consultation on his radical plan which sparked a 48-hour tube strike last week.
"No rail firm outside of London can close a booking office without the express permission of the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin", said the union leader.
"But here in the capital, Boris has simply announced by diktat he is going to close every single one, without consulting his workforce or Londoners themselves.
"We think that is democratically indefensible and we support Val Shawcross's bid to get the Mayor to now talk to the people most affected by his proposals, Londoners themselves."
The Mayor suspended the closure programme - and 953 planned job losses - on Tuesday in return for both the TSSA and RMT rail unions calling off a strike due to begin at 9.00pm that evening. The two sides have set a new deadline of April 4 for reaching a longer term deal.
Mr Cortes said he would be asking London's travel watchdog, London Travel Watch, to urge Ministers to change ticket office closure rules in the capital to bring LU into line with the strict rules that now apply outside the capital to all national rail firms like Virgin and First Great Western.

Note to Editors. Labour's transport spokesperson, Val Shawcross, will be urging the London Assembly tomorrow morning to vote in favour of her motion calling on the Mayor to conduct a full public consultation on his plans for the tube network.


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