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Transport for London has been warned it's on a collision course with the unions, over plans to radically change the way the Tube operates. From next year every ticket office at every station will close, and 750 staff will lose their jobs.
As part of the shake up, some tube lines will run for 24 hours at the weekends. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.
Genny Michaels Stupid idea I always use the ticket office because I never know which is the best option.
Linda Pearl Folkes That is outrageous!!!!! How dare they... The public that travel on the underground want to see ticket offices with a member of staff to help them.
Peter Field: Some good ideas, some bad ideas & of course Bob Crow's no idea.
It's great that the tube will run 24/7, it's one of the things I think holds London back from being a great city. It's a bad idea that they will close every ticket office (unless tubes will be free!!). There are so many situations that you might need ticket assistance.
Every station should have staff there even if it is just for safety's sake. RMT will never be happy. I believe in unions but the RMT is not a true union. The staff are so over paid its unbelievable. +£50k to drive a train!!! It's go & stop. It's not like you can get lost.
Melica Patmore They'd have to ensure that the ticket machines worked ALL the time!! They won't make these changes as the Union is the strongest in the country and will simply strike and hold everyone to ransom! The tube drivers get paid a fortune even though their job is not strictly necessary.
Transport for London has produced its own video about how the changes, which will save £50 million a year, will impact on services.
The Federation of Small Businesses said a 24-hour Tube service was essential to support the night time business economy in London.
London Underground's Managing Director, Mike Brown added: "My commitment to London is that all Tube stations will continue to be staffed and controlled in future, with more staff visible and available to help customers buy the right ticket, plan their journey and keep them safe and secure.
"Rebuilt stations, new trains and signalling systems mean we are now running some of the most frequent metro services anywhere in Europe. To meet the challenge of London's growing population and development, we must continue to invest and deliver even more efficiently in future."
- Five lives to run overnight at weekends
- All ticket offices to close
- All Tube stations will continue to be staffed
- A reduction of around 750 jobs out of LU's current total of 18,000
- The plans will deliver savings of around £50 million a year
Latest ITV News reports
Londoners can expect to be caught in the crossfire as union leaders declare war over today's massive cuts to London Underground.
The RMT claims London Underground is about to announce a programme of ticket office closures and the introduction of driverless trains.