London Underground respond to Whitechapel strike

Members of the RMT are expected to mount a protest at Whitechapel tube station today against TFL plans to close the ticket office.

They're also protesting against job cuts,and the undermining of safety.

London Underground continues to carry more passengers, more reliably and safely than ever before. As we have always made clear, we remain committed to staffing all stations across the Tube network, with visible assistance for customers where they need it most.

Where we are redeveloping a station we seek to make the best possible use of space, and in some cases this could mean redeveloping a station with increased ticketing technology rather than a replacement ticket office.

Our plans for Whitechapel, which will increase station capacity with the arrival of Crossrail and enable us to improve accessibility by providing another lift in the ticket hall area, were shared with trade unions last year.

We will continue to discuss changes to ticketing technology on the railway and the huge modernisation of the Tube with our staff.

– Gareth Powell, Director of Strategy and Service Development for London Underground