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TfL to review Waterloo and London Bridge tube station ticket office closure plans

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says that plans to shut the Underground ticket offices at London Bridge and Waterloo - with no alternative provision for tourists to buy tickets and Oyster cards - are 'under review'.

Every Tube booking office in London is due to close this year, but six busy stations north of the river will gain or retain staffed desks where visitors to the capital can obtain advice and tickets.

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Lib Dem group leader at the London Assembly, tabled this question to the Mayor: "Given that London Bridge and Waterloo are two of London's busiest stations, particularly with tourists who visit many nearby attractions, why are there no plans to build visitor information centres to replace the ticket offices scheduled for closure?

"Will you reconsider these stations?"

This week Mr Johnson replied: "TfL is keeping London Bridge and Waterloo stations under review as potential candidates for visitor information centres in the future."

Caroline Pidgeon added: "I have always said that removing the ticket offices at both these underground stations was a step too far, so the fact that consideration will be given to them having visitor information centres is obviously welcome.

"Both Waterloo and London Bridge have a huge number of visitors and tourists due to the extensive range of tourist attractions within walking distance of them.

"It is vital that the many visitors passing through these stations, who are unfamiliar with using the Tube, get the same level of service and support as at places such as Paddington and Victoria."

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