South Wimbledon tube no longer has a ticket office – one of the first two stations where this has happened.
The contentious new scheme has also seen Queensway ticket office closed and Wimbledon Park ticket office is set to be axed between April and June, with ticket offices in Colliers Wood and Morden to also shut down by the end of the year.
Transport for London (TfL) will save £50m a year from the closures, which they justify due to the fact that only 3% of tickets are apparently purchased at ticket offices.
However, the move has been criticised in some quarters, with Labour’s London assembly member Fiona Twycross saying that passengers in Merton will be paying more cash for fewer staff members.
She added that the £134m to be spent on building work and ticket machines in stations across the capital “won’t make up for the loss of 897 station staff”.
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