POLL: What do you think of the planned closure of Redbridge Tube station ticket offices?
PUBLISHED: 17:27 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:29 28 November 2013
The feared closure of every Tube station ticket office in Redbridge has been condemned by MPs and concerned residents, but what do you think?
The plans were confirmed by Boris Johnson as part of £270million spending cuts, prompting an outcry from passengers.
More ticket machines will be put into entrance halls when they are shut by 2015, and staff stationed elsewhere in station.
Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer slammed the closures as “reckless and irresponsible” and is campaigning against the plan with a petition.
But Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, insisted the changes would make the Tube “fit for the 21st Century”.
He added: “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.”
New visitor information centres will be opened in some central London stations and some will see a boost in staff.
Redbridge’s 10 Underground stations on the Central Line, including Hainault, Gants Hill, Wanstead and Woodford, will be open all night on Friday and Saturday from 2015.
The Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee lines and part of the Northern line will also be part of the “night Tube”.
The changes will save around £50m a year and result in the loss of around 750 jobs, although London Underground is trying to limit redundancies.
Let us know what you think of the closures and other changes by answering the poll, commenting below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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