Tube ticket offices in Enfield and Haringey set to close from March

The Mayor of London has announced that tube station ticket offices in Enfield and Haringey would close from March 2015 alongside huge cuts to staffing levels. Despite Boris Johnson’s election pledge not to close any of the tube network’s ticket offices, it was announced last month that all of Enfield and Haringey’s ticket offices will be closed by December 2015 resulting in hundreds fewer tube staff in stations.

The closures timeline announced by TfL means that the process for closing the ticket offices in the constituency will start in March this year. The closures will also see almost 900 staff cut from the tube stations. I have expressed particular concern about the impact the staff cuts will have on disabled and elderly passengers.

Despite the reduced staff service planned for tube stations, fares have once again gone up just a month before the closures start, this will mean fares have risen 40% since Boris Johnson became Mayor.

More people than ever are using the tube network yet Boris Johnson’s cuts will mean hundreds fewer staff there to help passengers. It is outrageous that just a month after Londoners face another round of fare rises, Boris Johnson plans to cut the service they are offered. It’s a real case of the Mayor asking Londoners to pay more and get less in return.

This fight isn’t about whether staff are based in ticket offices or on platforms, it’s about whether there are enough staff overall to provide customers with a good service, particularly the elderly and disabled.

Before he was elected Boris Johnson promised voters that he would not close any of the capital’s ticket offices, now he is set to axe them all. Londoners will have to ask how much the Mayor’s word is really worth.

The full timetable for ticket office closures is available here. The following tube stations in Enfield and Haringey will see their ticket offices close:

Station Line Ticket Office Works to start between Duration of work
Arnos Grove Piccadilly Arnos Grove Oct – Dec 1–3 months
Cockfosters Piccadilly Cockfosters Oct – Dec 1 month
Oakwood Piccadilly Oakwood Oct – Dec 1 – 3 months
Southgate Piccadilly Southgate Oct – Dec 1 – 3 months
Station Line Ticket Office Works to start between Duration of work
Bounds Green Piccadilly Bounds Green Oct – Dec 1 – 3 months
Highgate Northern Highgate Jul – Sep 1 month
Seven Sisters Victoria Seven Sisters (NR) Mar 1 month
Seven Sisters Victoria Seven Sisters (High Road) Mar 1 month
Tottenham Hale Victoria Tottenham Hale Apr – Jun 1 month
Turnpike Lane Piccadilly Turnpike Lane Oct – Dec 1 – 3 months
Wood Green Piccadilly Wood Green Jul – Sep 1 month

 

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