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TSSA launches Better London Transport

1 November 2013

On the day that the annual fare rises for both mainline and tube tickets were announced, TSSA launched the Better London Transport (BLT) campaign in conjunction with our community allies.

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The launch event posed the question, ‘What would make London transport better?’ Keynote speaker, Sadiq Khan MP, shadow minister for London and shadow justice secretary, spoke about his support for an affordable, publicly-owned transport system in London, and pledged to support our campaign. Zara Todd from accessibility campaigners Transport for All called for a step change in provision for older and disabled passengers – a call echoed by many contributors from the floor who spoke of the difficulties faced by disabled transport users across the capital.

BLT is a joint campaign that brings together TSSA members, transport users and activists to challenge all those who are damaging our transport system, and to develop a common vision for a quality public service for all. By working together we can bring greater influence to bear upon the decision makers than if any one of our organisation were working alone.

This government’s policies will make the transport network worse; worse for passengers, worse for business and worse for our members and all transport workers. Already we have seen the London Mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to slash tube and train jobs and close all 268 tube stations across London. Left unchecked this will only get worse. See the box for the actions you can take.

More than 20 community organisations have already become involved in the Better London Transport campaign and we’re building links with many more. TSSA members and activists can join the campaign, and can play a vital role by getting your colleagues and

friends to support BLT. If you belong to a community or political group, you can help spread the word and encourage them to get involved. To sign up to the campaign or tell us your vision for a Better London Transport go to: www.tssa.org.uk/blt.

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Save Our Ticket Offices

Boris Johnson has planned the closure of all ticket offices across the network and a massive reduction in customer-facing staff.

Leaked plans also suggest decimating the safety-focused supervisor grades, leaving only the biggest 35 stations with a full-time supervisor.

Use TSSA’s easy online tool to send a quick email to your MP and London Assembly members in support of our campaign to Save Our Ticket Offices. Take action at www.tssa.org.uk/ticketoffices.
 

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