New Opening Hours For Tube Ticket Offices

Unions claim cuts will turn the underground into a "criminal paradise"

New ticket office opening hours are to come into effect from Sunday 6th February despite the ongoing row between Tube bosses and workers over job cuts.

The reduction in hours will affect East Putney, Putney Bridge, South Wimbledon, Colliers Wood and Wimbledon Park stations.

London Underground say staff will be deployed to areas of stations where passengers "most value their help and reassurance" and insist the changes are needed to "take into account the success of the Oyster card".

Tube unions claimed that the reduction in hours that ticket offices are manned will turn the underground into a "criminal paradise".

The table below shows details research undertaken by the office of Richard Tracey London Assembly member for Merton & Wandsworth into how ticket office closures will affect local tube stations in the Putney and Wimbledon areas.

Mr Tracey said: "The reasoning behind the reduction in ticket office opening hours is straightforward. Oyster Cards now accounts for around 80 per cent of all journeys on the Tube and just one Tube journey in 20 now begins with a ticket office transaction. 

"With so few Londoners now using ticket offices, it makes sense for station staff to be freed from their plastic boxes and utilised in other areas throughout the stations. There is a guarantee that all stations will be manned at all times."

Borough Station
Hours lost Mon - Fri per day
Hours lost Weekends
Total Hours lost per week
Total hours lost per local stations in the borough per week
Wandsworth East Putney

7 hours 15


11 hours 30 mins
47 hours 45 mins
Putney Bridge
8 hours
8 hours
48 hours
95 hours 45 mins
Merton South Wimbledon
8 hours
19 hours 15 mins
59 hours 15 mins
8 hours  30 mins
11 hours 45 mins
54 hours 15 mins
Wimbledon Park
3 hours
11 hours
26 hours
Colliers Wood
6 hours 15 min
4 hours 15 mins
35 hours 30 mins
175 hours
270 hours 45 mins

February 2, 2011

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