TfL: 'Most people support tube cuts plan'

Transport chiefs are claiming four out five people support the closing of London Underground ticket offices.

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Underground official calls for strike to be cancelled after poll

"In future, we will have more staff visible and available at our stations to help customers buy the right ticket, plan their journeys and to keep them safe and secure.

"These results show Londoners overwhelmingly back that vision. I call on the leaderships of the RMT and TSSA unions to end their threat to disrupt Londoners with strike action and to work with us to shape the future of a modern Tube for this great city."

– Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground

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TfL: 'Public support tube cuts plan'

Transport chiefs have claimed that most people support plans to close London Underground ticket offices, as passengers brace themselves for disruption caused by strikes over the issue next week.

A survey of more than 1,000 adults for Transport for London showed that 82% supported proposals to move staff out of under-used ticket offices into ticket halls and platforms.

Nine out of 10 backed plans to launch all-night Tube services in the capital next year.

Union leaders disputed the findings and called on London mayor Boris Johnson to hold direct talks with them in an attempt to avert two 48-hour walkouts.

Boris Johnson will meet Union boss if strike called off

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Boris Johnson says he'll meet Bob Crow on Monday if the RMT boss calls off next week's tube strike. @itvlondon

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Earlier today Crow called for direct talks with the mayor to break the deadlock in the dispute over ticket office closures. @itvlondon

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Transport chiefs urge ending strike after poll results

Transport chiefs have claimed that most people support plans to close London Underground ticket offices, as passengers brace themselves for disruption caused by strikes over the issue.

A survey of more than 1,000 adults for Transport for London (TfL) showed that 82% supported proposals to move staff out of under-used ticket offices into ticket halls and platforms.

Victoria Line underground train Credit: PA

London Underground (LU) managing director Mike Brown said: "These results show Londoners overwhelmingly back that vision.

"I call on the leaderships of the RMT and TSSA unions to end their threat to disrupt Londoners with strike action and to work with us to shape the future of a modern Tube for this great city."

Read: London Underground reveals contingency for strikes

Bob Crow: Transport for London poll 'wholly bogus'

A Transport for London poll that found that 82% of commuters back ticket closures has been deemed "bogus" by RMT General Secretary Bob Crow.

Mr Crow has called for London Mayor Boris Johnson to meet with trade unions for face-to-face talks.

This polling is wholly bogus as the questions don't match the reality of a destaffed and dangerous tube network with a thousand safety critical jobs axed in the name of austerity leaving the underground as a deadly, no-go zone for many Londoners.

Ask people if that's what they want and they give you a resounding no as previous polling shows overwhelmingly.

Read: London Underground reveals contingency for strikes

RMT boss urges Mayor to meet with unions

General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union Bob Crow Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow has called for London Mayor Boris Johnson to meet with trade unions for face-to-face talk.

In a letter to the Mayor, who is the Chair of Transport for London, Mr Crow calls for talks to try and resolve disputes over planned cuts to London Underground staff numbers.

He argues that tube workers who voted in favour of strikes feel ticket office closures and cuts to staff could have 'a significant impact on their safety and conditions of work, and also the safety and quality of service provided to passengers'.