Stephen Timms has today called on East Ham residents to work together to oppose Boris Johnson’s plans to close ticket offices at every underground station by 2015. Boris Johnson announced his plans this morning, which will result in fewer staff in stations across London. Fewer staff could result in less safe stations and travel is set to become more difficult for people with disabilities. Londoners will have nowhere to turn if their oyster card is lost, stolen or broken, and this decision raises serious concerns about whether there will be enough staff to cope in emergency situations.
Speaking after the announcement, Stephen said: “This announcement by the Mayor is deeply troubling. Serious questions must be asked of his judgement. The role the staff at ticket offices play is vital – particularly for people new to London and those with disabilities. We need a transport system that works for the millions of hard-working daily commuters across our city and this seems like a step in the wrong direction. I will stand with Londoners in opposing this move.”
Sadiq Khan, Shadow London Minister, said: “The Mayor has today ripped up his manifesto promise to the people of London. His plans are reckless and irresponsible."