Two more London Underground stations have lost their ticket offices, as part of the drive by Transport for London to save £50 million a year across the LU network.
South Wimbledon and Queensway are the latest stations to be ‘modernised’, which TfL says will result in more staff than ever before in the public areas of stations.
The two stations join Cannon Street, Embankment, Regent’s Park, Tottenham Court Road and Wood Lane, which have recently started to operate without ticket offices. Passengers are expected to use machines instead.
However, all stations will remain staffed at all times while train services are operating.
TfL says that fewer than 3% of journeys now involve a visit to a ticket office, as customers avoid queuing by using Oyster, topping up online or using contactless payment.
Work at South Wimbledon is expected to take around four weeks, while at Queensway the work is expected to take 12 weeks and will include the provision of extra ticket machines and a more spacious ticket hall. Both stations will be served by the Night Tube from later this year.
The remainder of LU’s 262 stations will be dealt with between now and April 2016.
- For more on this story, see RAIL 768, published on February 18