Boris must give public say on Tube cuts

Responding to the announcement that today’s strikes on the London Underground have been called off, Navin Shah, local Labour London Assembly Member for Brent & Harrow, said:


“This announcement is very welcome and will avoid millions of Londoners facing extreme disruption this week. It is good to see the RMT and TSSA Unions and TfL talking through issues and attempting to resolve this dispute amicably. This goes to show that disputes can be resolved by sitting down and talking, it is a testament to the professionalism of both the Unions and TfL. It’s a real shame that we’ve seen no leadership from Mayor Johnson on this issue.

“We now need the Mayor to show some real leadership and launch a full public consultation on his proposed cuts to ticket offices and station staffing levels. Don’t forget it was outside North Harrow Station Boris Johnson gave a pledge in 2008 that he will not close ticket offices. People of Brent and Harrow need to know why the Mayor has changed his tune! There are some interesting ideas in TfL’s plans and modernisation is needed, but residents in Brent and Harrow should be given the chance to have their say and improve them. It is important that our residents are consulted on a massive reduction of station staff and closure of local ticket offices. After all it is the public who use the Underground on a day to day basis and they will have to live with the cuts.”

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