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Plans to cut frontline tube staff revealed

Frontline staff numbers could be cut at London underground stations. Credit: ITV News.

New figures obtained by a London Assembly member have revealed that Transport for London is planning to cut around a fifth of staff working in stations across the network.

The proposals would see staffing cut at 216 stations with around 588 workers due to be cut in total across the network.

London Assembly Labour group transport spokesman Val Shawcross said the impact would vary across the capital but some stations could see as much as a 58% reduction in staff.

TfL Broadway plans attract more criticism from Green Party

Plans by TfL to redevelop 55 Broadway, the home of London Underground, have attracted further criticism from the Green Party today over an apparent lack of affordable housing in the plans.

“Rapidly rising prices and rents, are major reasons why Londoners are feeling priced out of their own city. The Mayor should be using every opportunity he has to increase the amount of social housing in London, as that is the best way of putting a brake on run-a-way prices.

Instead, the Mayor is adding fuel to a rising property market by allowing Transport for London to build and sell luxury flats in central London and Earls Court...

...The Mayor is selling the family silver, whilst leaving Londoners without any long term benefit in terms of housing that will stay affordable.

– Darren Johnson, London Assembly Green Party Member


Tube headquarters set for revamp

The overground embodiment of London's Underground Tube network is to undergo a mass transformation, transport bosses will announce today.

The Underground's historic home, 55 Broadway, is to be redeveloped into residential accommodation as part of plans by Transport for London (TfL) to generate more non-fare revenue.

Bosses expect the Grade I listed Westminster building, which has stood for 85 years, to be converted from offices into new retail units and residential space, including some affordable housing.

Experts say going cashless is part of a 'seismic shift' in shopping habits

When asked about London buses going cash free from today Dave Hobday, Managing Director of Worldpay UK, the country's leading payment processing company has said the move is part of a wider shift.

We're on the cusp of a seismic shift in shopper behaviour, and predict that everyone from farmers markets to buskers will go cashless.

Contactless kills queues and means businesses never lose a sale during peak times.

– Dave Hobday, Worldpay UK

Ten years ago around 25% of journeys were paid for with cash, but now it's less than 1% .


Over 44,000 passengers a day use 'One More Journey'

In the last month over 44,000 bus passengers a day have used the 'One More Journey' feature introduced to ease the transition of buses going cash free.

It allows users to make one more journey should they not have enough credit on their Oyster card or if their travel card or pass has just expired.

Of those passengers, over 80% have topped up before making a further journey. As a result of this, cash fares dropped and so were only used for 0.7% cent of all journeys on London buses.

Passengers can make one more journey if they have run out of credit on their Oyster card Credit: PA

One person every day hospitalised in bus crashes

New figures released by Transport for London have shown that one person is hospitalised every day in a bus crash in the capital.

Crashes like this cause one person to be hospitalised every day Credit: Reuters

The report showed that 86 people had been taken to hospital in accidents over the past three months, which equates to an average of one each day. Boris Johnson will face questions on the figures at Mayor's Question Time later this afternoon.

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